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‘I was unsuccessful, and it does not make me pleased’-Thomas Tuchel shares the blame for Romelu Lukaku underperforming at Chelsea

'I was unsuccessful, and it does not make me pleased in the least'-Thomas Tuchel shares the blame for Romelu Lukaku underperforming at Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel, the manager of Chelsea, recently discussed striker Romelu Lukaku’s disappointing performance at Stamford Bridge in his first year after returning to the club. He acknowledged that the circumstances were disheartening and accepted his fair share of the blame for the Belgian’s failure.

Lukaku, who is now 29 years old, was acquired by the Blues from Inter Milan in the summer of 2021 for a club-record cost of 97.5 million British pounds. Despite this, the Belgian was unable to make much of an impact, as he only scored 15 goals over all the 43 games that he played across all competitions.

The player formerly of Manchester United often gave the impression that he did not belong in Tuchel’s system. His interview with Sky Italia, in which he said that he wanted to return to Inter Milan and that he was unhappy with the system that the German manager had implemented, did not endear him to the fans of Stamford Bridge.

What did Thomas Tuchel say about Romelu Lukaku?

Lukaku is now back at Inter on loan for the remainder of the season and will work to recapture his previous form. While everything was going on, Tuchel gave an interview to Sky Sports in which he referred to the striker’s performances at Chelsea as “disappointing.”

“Yes, I believe that we should all admit that it was frustrating, and not just for all of us, but particularly for me, in terms of how well I performed. I am in no way suggesting that Romelu is to blame for this, but I share his disappointment at the outcome of the game.”

Tuchel said that he was willing to give Lukaku another opportunity to redeem himself by finding the appropriate “structure” to accommodate the player. He said that he was not ‘pleased’ with Lukaku’s performance and said the following:

“It is my responsibility to provide structure, to create an atmosphere, to instill confidence in a player, and to coax the absolute best performance out of him since that is why I am here. It is not the other way around; rather, I am here to serve the players. I was unsuccessful, and it does not make me pleased in the least.”

He also said that the striker wanted to go, which was a request that the owners honored.

According to Tuchel, “I was willing to give it another go, but Romelu chose otherwise and stated his intention to go back. Since the owners have ultimately chosen to grant his desire, we are going to have to come up with other options.”

Lukaku started off his return to the San Siro in an impressive manner by scoring the game-winning goal in their 2-1 victory against Lecce on Saturday.

The Belgian finished the season with 24 goals and 10 assists for the Nerazzurri, which helped them win the Serie A championship for the 2020–21 season.

Timo Werner has signed a permanent agreement to return to RB Leipzig this summer, following in the footsteps of Romelu Lukaku, who has returned to Inter Milan.

Armando Broja is the only recognized striker that Chelsea has left to choose from at this point. The Albanian national team player spent the previous year on loan with Southampton, where he played 32 Premier League games but only managed to score six goals.

Even in the previous campaign, Thomas Tuchel’s squad did not have a true No. 9 position player. In spite of the fact that they brought Raheem Sterling here from Manchester City this summer, they still need the services of an additional striker.

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