Thomas Tuchel vows to “protect” Romelu Lukaku as boss backs striker in return to Chelsea lineup

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is eager to get out of the controversy caused by Romelu Lukaku when he returned the forward to the Blues starting lineup on Wednesday.

Lukaku found himself under fire at Stamford Bridge when an interview aired in Italy that conveyed some strong opinions about his club and his coach.

After being left out of Chelsea’s weekend clash with Liverpool, he will line up for the club when they face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.

What did Thomas Tuchel say about Lukaku?

“Against his old coach [Antonio Conte]… he is our player, this was the plan [to play] But it was also the plan of the last game and it didn’t work out! “Tuchel explained to Sky Sports before the game against Tottenham.

“We can watch this interview 100 times, it will not improve and that will not improve. We can change our approach, we accept that it happened and we have enough reasons to stay positive and protect him now because he is a key player.” and we want him to be a key player. “

Tuchel has defended Lukaku since he brought down the forward against Liverpool in the Premier League. A few days ago Tuchel said that Lukaku had apologized to the team and him, and today his comments continue to express the desire to get ahead of the controversy.

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The Belgian forward caused a stir following the broadcast of his interview with Sky Sport last week when he stated that he was unhappy with Tuchel’s tactics. He also expressed a strong desire to return to Inter, where he spent two successful years lifting the Scudetto in 2020-21 before returning to Chelsea.

Amid strong backlash against his remarks, Lukaku issued an apology, explaining in a social media post: “To the fans, I am sorry for the upset I caused.

“You guys know the connection I have with this club since my teens, so I totally understand that you are upset. Obviously now it is up to me to restore your confidence and I will do my best to show commitment every day – on training ground and on games to make sure we win games.

“I apologize to the coach and my teammates and the squad because I think it was not the right time and I want to move on, make sure that we start winning football games and that I perform for the team in the best way.” manner.”

Tuchel and Chelsea have tried to downplay the comments, which seemed more inflammatory than likely intended once translated from Italian into English. While it is clear that Lukaku was struggling to adapt to the new tactics imposed on him at Chelsea, his overall frustration with the manager and the club was probably a bit overblown.