Chelsea manager , Thomas Tuchel, admitted that he was wrong to bring Romelu Lukaku into the Blues squad when they traveled to London Stadium and lost 2-3 to West Ham United in the 15th Premier League match, Saturday (4/12/ 2021).
Thomas Tuchel did bench Romelu Lukaku in Chelsea’s away match . However, the Belgian striker was ordered off in the second half as Kai Havertz had to be sent off due to injury.
Romelu Lukaku has made just three appearances since returning from an ankle injury he picked up in October. Tuchel also admitted that the former Everton and Manchester United striker was not really physically ready to play 45 minutes.
“It’s my fault. I don’t think physically he is ready to play for 45 minutes, but we still decided to take him because we lost Kai,” Tuchel said as quoted by the club’s official website.
“Kai has an important role in blocking set-pieces, which is a big threat that West Ham United can do. So it’s my fault. I made the decisions, so it’s my responsibility,” continued the Chelsea manager from Germany.
No Need To Worry
Tuchel also reflected on the performance of Chelsea, which lost to West Ham United and had to make them slip to third place in the Premier League standings, behind Manchester City and Liverpool.
However, despite only picking up two wins in his last five Premier League games, Thomas Tuchel doesn’t feel there is anything to worry about.
“You can always work out the details. There’s no need to question the big picture, and there’s no need to have big doubts,” said Tuchel.
“In my opinion, it’s clear we didn’t get the results we wanted against Manchester United and West Ham because of details. That’s why I think we can work it out.”
Gotta Make Better Decisions
Thomas Tuchel also emphasized that in his journey, neither Chelsea nor himself wanted to make mistakes.
However, rather than asking the players not to make any more mistakes, Tuchel feels better looking ahead and making sure he can make better decisions in crucial moments.
“Nobody wants to make mistakes, but it wouldn’t help if we just said, ‘hey, don’t make any more mistakes’. We have to go through that we need to make better decisions in crucial game moments to keep a clean sheet or concede just one goal. , said the manager.
Premier League: Not yet fit, Romelu Lukaku becomes a spare tire when Chelsea meets Manchester United
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said Romelu Lukaku was not fully fit after being hit by an injury. As a result, Lukaku will sit on the bench when the Blues meet Manchester United.
The 28-year-old striker suffered an ankle injury. The injury hit Romelu Lukaku when strengthening Chelsea against Malmo in the match during the Champions League group stage, last October 21.
As a result of the injury, Lukaku had to miss 30 days and missed six matches for the London Blue Team.
But now, Romelu Lukaku’s condition is getting better. He entered the Chelsea player list when he met Juventus in the fifth match of Group H of the Champions League, Wednesday (11/24/2021) early morning WIB.
Unfortunately, the former Inter Milan player was only a bench warmer. Although not reinforced by Romelu Lukaku , Chelsea managed to crush Juventus with a score of 4-0.
Back to Spare Tire
The Blues are scheduled to meet Manchester United in the 13th Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, Sunday (28/11/2021) night WIB. In this match, Romelu Lukaku will still be the spare tire.
Chelsea manager , Thomas Tuchel, said Lukaku was still not ready to play since the early minutes. Tuchel also could not ensure that the Belgian national team players could appear in the duel against MU.
“There’s a bit of a difference between being ready for training and being ready for the game. There’s also a difference between being ready for the game and the game in the Premier League,” said Tuchel.
“The chances of him starting is not very high. We can’t say for sure what happens between games,” he continued.
“We have to find a balance between giving away minutes and being very competitive for 90 minutes with players starting,” said Thomas Tuchel.