Truly in the smell of purity at Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku spends more time on the bench than on the ground. “Big Rome”, regularly sung by Thomas Tuchel, was once again publicly targeted by his coach for his inadequate physical condition.
A quarter of an hour against Palace this weekend. Absent in Southampton and Madrid. Half an hour against Brentford. Romelu Lukaku last started a game a month ago in the Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough. Author of a great start to the season with Chelsea, the Belgian striker has had a very complicated last few months with the Blues.
In the London capital, which he found last summer, seven years after his departure, Lukaku is struggling to regain his performance and seems to have lost as much confidence as Thomas Tuchel. Regularly targeted by his coach in the media, the 28-year-old striker got a new spade from a German technician on Sunday. who pointed to his lack of physical condition after Chelsea qualified for the final of the competition against the Eagles (2–0), a meeting where the Belgian found himself position alone in front of goal in extra time.
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Be content with rare stint in the cup
“He was not physically prepared for the intensity of the FA Cup semi-finals, Tuchel said at a news conference. It is not easy to approach this kind of match after an injury (Lukaku did not play the last two matches due to a problem) was) his heels, editor’s note) very good opportunities starting today.”
Romelu Lukaku would probably have been aligned from the start, as Chelsea were playing in the Cup, the only competition where Tuchel keeps their striker as a starter now. He thus debuted on the bench in the Champions League first quarter against Real, where his clumsy entry was widely discussed across the Atlantic.
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Tuchel: ‘Wait, be patient, work hard’
“Against Real Madrid he had a great chance and things can go very fast. No one knows what that goal would have done for us if he had taken his chance with a header late in the game,” Tuchel said. C” That’s exactly what he has to do: wait, be patient, work hard and put the team first. Be ready to help the team, because as a striker you can help in seconds.”
Overtaken in the hierarchy of top strikers by Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, “Big Rome” sees his future darkening week after week in London. He was transferred from Inter Milan last summer to the English club (115 million euros) in a record transaction.