Romelu Lukaku’s key asset vs Spurs and Thomas Tuchel’s brutally honest stance on Timo Werner – football.london – Football.London

Thomas Tuchel has praised the impact Romelu Lukaku had in Chelsea’s first leg win over Tottenham ahead of the return fixture.

The Belgian forward made his return to the Chelsea side against Spurs following his interview controversy, but made just 26 touches and recorded three shots in the fixtures.

However, the 28-year-old’s work-rate was present to see from the off as he looked to build from goals against Aston Villa and Brighton after his return from a positive Covid-19 test.

Lukaku‘s return of goals has not been what many hoped since he completed his £97.5 million move but Tuchel has no plans to reinvent his star’s talent.

The Blues boss said: “Romelu had a huge physical impact in the game against Tottenham. Maybe he didn’t have a lot of touches, maybe he wasn’t so spectacularly involved and wasn’t involved in too many chances but he was involved in playing a crucial part with his physical qualities. We saw that in his data.

“And this is the most important thing. Once he adapts to the physical style of the league there is no doubt he will score and have a huge impact.

“I can only tell everybody we will not reinvent his style or reinvent the player. He can simply be Romelu and then we are all fine and then he will score because this is what he always does.

“When he came back from Covid he scored a huge goal against Aston Villa and then in the next game straightaway. Nothing helps more than goals with strikers. There is no talk, no video that can build up the same trust, the same feeling as a goal. It is not important if it is a beautiful goal or just a normal one, they need to put the ball over the line, nothing helps more than that. I am happy that he does it. I have no doubt that he in the shape to help us at the moment.”

One issue that arose from Lukaku’s interview with Sky Italia was over Tuchel’s tactics, and many supporters have often wondered if the side has been set up to get the best out of their star striker.

The former Manchester United and Everton forward clearly enjoyed life at Inter Milan on his way to 24 goals last term, and Tuchel was asked whether Timo Werner could fulfill a similar role to what Lautaro Martinez did for the Nerazzurri.

“He could be but at the moment I see no reason that we should copy Inter Milan. We are Chelsea, we have our style, we have our positions and we have enough possibilities,” said the 48-year-old.

“We can play with two strikers, we can play 3-5-2. We played it many times with the ball and off the ball. We have the same possibility to play in a 3-2 formation, with three strikers. We played even a 4-4-2 in the match against Tottenham in the first leg. We have some options.

“It is very easy – I don’t mean it in a harsh way. The players need to show they are good enough to start and when they start they need to show they should be on the pitch. It’s very easy. We are not inventing new stuff to make players better or more happy. They have all it takes. It’s on them to show it.”

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