Thomas Tuchel hits back at Conte’s comments about Lukaku failings

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Thomas Tuchel says Romelu Lukaku does not have a problem at Chelsea after Antonio Conte claimed that the team have not ‘figured out how to use’ the player.

Lukaku has scored four goals since his return to Chelsea but has not found the net in his last four games.

The Blues also struggled in their 1-0 defeat to Man City last weekend with Lukaku failing to score a goal during the entire match.

The Belgium international also had just one attempt on target during the 1-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League.

Speaking about Lukaku’s struggles at Stamford Bridge, Conte said: ‘I don’t think Chelsea have quite figured out how to use him yet.

‘He is a very specific striker. Bringing Lukaku into the box, he is dangerous. However, when he starts from midfield, he is incredibly quick.

‘It is very difficult to find a player who is both a target man but can also run from midfield.’

When quizzed about Conte’s analysis, Tuchel said: ‘He was obviously not on the telly after the Tottenham game.

‘I don’t feel offended, he has every right. He is in the TV studio. I even saw it while I was showering before the match in the hotel.

‘I saw him talking about us and I saw all the pictures between Romelu and our players from the Tottenham game. They were talking about the link-up play from Romelu, and how strong he is and how much he scored so they were praising him.

‘I can see it but it is not a Romelu Lukaku problem.

‘The other teams have changed their structure to close down Romelu but there are solutions to this. We are on it.’


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