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Romelu Lukaku: Chelsea were missing someone like ‘world-class’ Belgian, says manager Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel says Romelu Lukaku was the kind of participant Chelsea were missing on the membership as he continued his positive run of type with a match-winner in opposition to Zenit on Tuesday.

Lukaku’s positive header within the second half settled a good affair as Chelsea beat the Russians 1-0 on the opening night time of their Champions League defence, the Belgian’s fourth purpose in 4 appearances since returning to the membership in the summertime.

Tuchel was stuffed with superlatives for Lukaku after the sport, and never just for his performances on the pitch, with Chelsea unbeaten this season and searching ominously sturdy.

The Chelsea head coach stated: “The performance from Romelu was not easy. We didn’t create many chances for him but he’s the type of guy who doesn’t lose confidence and belief. And that is why he is a world-class striker.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates with Jorginho after scoring for Chelsea against Zenit
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Lukaku celebrates with Jorginho; he now has seven in six video games for membership and nation this season

“He’s tremendous necessary, it is as simple as that. You do not discover many strikers of his high quality.

“We did win additionally with out Romelu and produced outcomes. But he was the kind of profile we were missing, not simply due to the expertise however due to the persona. He is such a humble man, an excellent communicator within the dressing room, and that creates a sure power round him within the staff that we’re pleased with and what to have.

“The spirit and environment final 12 months took us very far and it is necessary now we have it once more. We have it with Romelu, he is aware of what the membership is about.

“We have him and we are very pleased because he gives everybody around him confidence.”

Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku heads the ball to score his side's first goal vs Zenit
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Lukaku has scored 4 targets in 4 appearances again at Chelsea

After scoring with 4 of his six photographs on track this season, Tuchel stated Lukaku’s scientific edge provides the staff and crowd confidence {that a} purpose is coming.

“There will not be many targets in soccer and targets change the momentum of the match. It provides the entire staff perception that one likelihood is sufficient for him to attain. So it isn’t solely expertise he brings, he brings perception and takes strain off the shoulders of different guys round him.

“He has the personality not to lose confidence. He is at a very high level and we are very happy to have him with us.”

Despite being pissed off for giant intervals by Zenit, Tuchel was proud of the depth of Chelsea’s efficiency, particularly with their energy in defence.

Antonio Rudiger was outstanding in Chelsea's 1-0 win over Zenit
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Chelsea have now registered 23 clear sheets since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival

It was yet one more clear sheet for Tuchel’s aspect, his twenty third since taking cost in January, which is greater than every other staff inside Europe’s high 5 leagues over that interval.

“I am happy in general with the performance. It was a tough match against a strong opponent. It was tough for us in the first half to find little gaps, accelerate the game, be dangerous and create touches in the box ball.

“We performed with a excessive depth and had many ball recoveries. We needed to be centered and conscious with our defence as a result of they’ve lots of particular person high quality upfront.

“We did all that and in second half we found it easier to find spaces in between the lines, to accelerate, create half-chances, deliveries. And the cross from Azpi was good and dangerous because it comes from a difficult place to defend around the box. The target was the second post and Kai (Havertz) and Romelu were there. It was nice and at the same time a decisive goal that was very good for us.”

Chelsea’s remaining Champions League fixtures

September 29: Juventus (A) – kick-off 8pm

October 20: Malmo (H) – kick-off 8pm

November 2: Malmo (A) – kick-off 5.45pm

November 23: Juventus (H) – kick-off 8pm

December 8: Zenit (A) – kick-off 5.45pm

What’s subsequent?


Sunday nineteenth September 4:00pm


Kick off 4:30pm

Chelsea go to Tottenham within the Premier League on Super Sunday, dwell on Sky Sports Premier League at 4.30pm, earlier than a Carabao Cup third-round conflict at residence to Aston Villa on Wednesday September 22 at 7.45pm.

Their subsequent Champions League recreation is at Juventus on Wednesday September 29 at 8pm. Zenit host Malmo on the identical day at 5.45pm.

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