Thomas Tuchel calls on Romelu Lukaku for his shoddy finish in Chelsea’s defeat to Man City after missing two big chances at the Etihad…
- Thomas Tuchel criticized Romelu Lukaku’s performance in Man City loss
- The coach said the Belgian striker gave the ball away too easily and too often
- He also said Lukaku had missed ‘a huge opportunity’ to break the deadlock
- Tuchel dropped Lukaku earlier this month for giving an unauthorized interview
Thomas Tuchel broke Chelsea’s record by signing Romelu Lukaku after falling 13 points behind Manchester City on an important afternoon in the title race at The Etihad.
Tuchel cut a frustrated and angry figure on the sidelines for most of their 1-0 luncheon defeat at City, with Lukaku taking the brunt after missing Chelsea’s big chance early in the second half with their only shot on target .
It is the latest setback for the £98 million striker who was dropped by Tuchel against Liverpool earlier this month in the wake of an interview in which Lukaku claimed he was ‘not happy’ with the manager’s tactics.
Romelu Lukaku was criticized by his coach after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City
Thomas Tuchel didn’t mince his words when describing Lukaku’s performance in Etihad
Although Chelsea defended well and were only beaten by Kevin De Bruyne’s attack in the second half, they were a blunt instrument up front in a reversal of last summer’s Champions League final that Chelsea won.
Tuchel’s fury has been directed at all his attacking players, but Lukaku, who returned last summer for his second spell at Stamford Bridge after a striking transfer from Inter Milan, has been criticized.
“He had a lot of loss of the ball with no pressure and in promising conditions,” said Tuchel, who often shook his head and screamed indignantly and shook his head when his team relinquished possession.
“Of course we want to serve him, but he is part of the team and sometimes he has to serve as well. He had a huge opportunity, so he’s included in this.
“He’s part of the team and the performance up front, especially in the first half, we can do a lot better and we should be.
“We had eight or nine attacking transitions in the first half and zero goals in the penalty area. That’s a big problem. There was a lack of timing and composure.
Lukaku missed some big chances to put Chelsea up front at the Etihad stadium
Tuchel also hit the Belgian striker for repeatedly giving the ball away ‘without pressure’
“We could have had more chances if we had played more accurately.”
Lukaku’s big moment came when the game was still goalless after 47 minutes. Mateo Kovacic put him out of the City defense, but the Belgian’s first finish was parried by Ederson.
The 28-year-old has scored just four times in his last 18 appearances for Chelsea and then apologized for comments made to an Italian television station saying he would like to play for Inter again. noise’.
De Bruyne hit yesterday’s winner after 70 minutes with a superb attack from the edge of the penalty area, leaving City 13 points ahead of the table.
However, Tuchel refused to surrender the title, praising his team’s defense at The Etihad.
“We were active and aggressive, we lost the game in one individual situation,” he said.
“I don’t have time to lose energy by looking at the table. We play Tuesday (v Brighton) and we have to be ready.
Lukaku was already in Tuchel’s bad books for the unauthorized interview he gave last month
“We want to serve him, but he is part of the team and he also has to serve,” Tuchel . said
“If City keep winning, they will be champions, but we will never give up.”
“We won games against City with the same performance we gave today, but you can also lose them because of Kevin De Bruyne’s individual quality.
“We haven’t shown the same quality to score the first goal and bring doubts into their game.”
While Tuchel has huge credit at Chelsea for winning the Champions League, his intensity has made it difficult for him to deal with superstars like Neymar at PSG and it will be fascinating to see how Lukaku responds to some biting criticism.
City boss Pep Guardiola added of his team’s twelfth league win in a row: “I was happy to win against Arsenal, but we didn’t deserve it. It feels better to win today because we deserved it.’
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said victory over Chelsea felt better than victory over Arsenal