Thomas Tuchel waxes lyrical about Romelu Lukaku’s ‘STRONG’ display in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup win over Tottenham… insisting the striker’s ability to handle ‘pressure and adversity’ means he has already moved on from his interview controversy
- Romelu Lukaku returned to the Chelsea side for their clash with Tottenham
- He was dropped at the weekend over an explosive interview with Sky Italy
- Lukaku took a swipe at boss Thomas Tuchel and hinted at a return to Inter Milan
- But Tuchel was happy with his returning performance in their 2-0 win over Spurs
Thomas Tuchel heaped praise on Romelu Lukaku for overcoming the ‘pressure’ and ‘adversity’ of his interview controversy to impress in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Tottenham.
Lukaku, 28, was making his first Blues outing since expressing his unhappiness at the club and flirting with former side Inter Milan in an explosive interview with Sky Italy last week.
The Belgium striker was dropped by Tuchel for Sunday’s 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Liverpool and slapped with a fine, but he returned to the starting lineup for their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Spurs.
Thomas Tuchel says Romelu Lukaku has moved on from his Chelsea interview controversy
Lukaku impressed Tuchel on his return against Tottenham after being dropped at the weekend
And despite failing to get on the scoresheet in a comfortable victory for the European champions, he still did enough to win over his manager on the night.
‘I’m absolutely happy with (Lukaku’s) performance, I like how he played, strong, huge commitment in defensive work,’ said Tuchel.
‘He was not affected by it, he was relaxed and fine with situation, mentally he has moved on.
‘He was always dangerous, always used his body, and was always involved in dangerous situations.
The Blues head coach praised his £97.5million striker for a ‘strong’ display in their victory
‘I expected it honestly because Romelu can handle pressure, he can handle adversity, and he seemed to be relaxed after the decision was made and we finished our talks.
‘I felt him relaxed enough to have a performance like this.’
Kai Havertz broke the deadlock for Chelsea after five minutes at Stamford Bridge, before a calamitous own goal from Ben Davies doubled their lead half an hour later.
Tuchel and co now have one foot in the Wembley final ahead of next week’s second leg in north London.
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