Chelsea Boss Seeks Lukaku Rift Heal


It’s been a difficult time for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku recently, after comments he made in an interview with an Italian journalist caused a stir behind the doors at Stamford Bridge. But now, it seems like the air is being cleared following his manager, Thomas Tuchel, admitting that a chat with the Belgian international has done a world of good.

Lukaku had put himself in hot water after being interviewed by Sky Italy about his return to England following a spell with Italian giants Inter Milan. The chat with the media was unsanctioned. Lukaku also said he was struggling in his current situation in London with the intensive period of fixtures and would one day want to head back to play for the Nerazzurri. This brought a financial penalty, as well as the wrath of his German manager, who admitted to the English press that the comments of Lukaku were less than helpful for the team.

The 28-year-old has scored goals since returning to London, but some argue he has struggled to recapture the form that led to Chelsea spending £97.5million on bringing him back to the club he left in the summer of 2014. He started his second spell with The Blues in scoring fashion, netting against rivals Arsenal on his debut; however, his performances have since been indifferent and were highlighted by him being relegated to the substitutes bench in the Premier League.

Lukaku scored in successive league games ahead of the Christmas period but was dropped from the team against Liverpool following his comments. However, the manager wanted to understand the context of his striker’s words: “For me, the most important thing was to understand and to clearly understand. I believe he did not do this intentionally to create this kind of noise in front of a big game [against Liverpool].” Tuchel said.

Following the conversation, the striker returned to the team and performed impressively in Chelsea’s 2-0 EFL Semi-Final first-leg victory over Tottenham Hotspur. So now it seems the troubles are in the past, and the focus is firmly back on adding further silverware to the trophy cabinet in West London. Chelsea are among the Premier League favourites in the football betting odds from Coral, but they’ll only remain there with a regular goalscorer. So, it’s important that Lukaku continues his form, as he is a crucial part of the side looking to become the first English club to earn the title of back-to-back European champions since Nottingham Forest achieved the feat in the late 1970s.

The Chelsea manager has since gone on to say that it’s behind him, and he’s sure that his striker feels the same: “I was absolutely sure he was not affected by it. He seemed to be relaxed and fine with the situation. Romelu can handle pressure and adversity.”

So, with the manager happy and Lukaku back in his plans too, the remaining Premier League and Champions League opponents may well have to watch out for the rest of the season and beyond.

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