Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has responded to criticism from Blues striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian had previously participated in an interview Sky sports in Italy declared that he was not satisfied with his situation with the Londoners.
According to information from SPOX and GOAL, however, Lukaku made his statements three weeks ago, which changes their context a little: At this time, Lukaku was struggling with returning from an injury and then with a corona infection.
“I’m not happy with the situation and that’s only natural. The coach has decided to play a different system and I can’t let up, I have to keep working hard and being professional,” said Lukaku at the time. Said interview was finally published on Thursday – and promptly caused a sensation.
Tuchel reacted to this on Friday at the press conference before the game against Liverpool (Sunday, 5.30 p.m.). “Of course we don’t like that. It brings in background noises that we don’t need,” said Tuchel, adding: “It’s not helpful, but we don’t want to make more of it than it actually is.”
However, he was “surprised” by Lukaku’s complaint, according to Tuchel, because he did not think “that Lukaku is currently dissatisfied”. Tuchel continues: “If you are as big a player as Romelu, he certainly knows what value it is when he expresses himself.”
Instead, the coach announced that he and his coaching team would take the time “to see what’s going on. Of course, we’ll discuss it internally.”
Romelu Lukaku apologizes to Inter’s fans
Lukaku had also spoken about his departure from Inter Milan in the interview. The 28-year-old left Nerazzurri in the summer just a few months after winning the first Serie A title in eleven years.
Today the international regrets the way he left as he upset the fans: “I think everything that happened shouldn’t have happened like this. The way I left Inter, like I did with them Communicating with fans, that annoys me. Now I think it’s right to talk about it because I’ve always said that I have Inter in my heart and that I will return to play there. I really hope so. “
Lukaku became even clearer: “First I want to apologize to the Inter fans because I think the way I left should have been different. I had to talk to you guys first because what you guys are for did me, my family, my mother and my son is something that will stay with me in life. I really hope with all my heart that I can return to Inter, not at the end of my career but at a still good level, to hopefully win more. “
Chelsea let the attacker cost 115 million euros in the summer. So far Lukaku has scored seven goals in 18 appearances for the Blues. The 28-year-old’s contract runs until 2026.