Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confessed that the
Blues were’missing out on’ something before Romelu Lukaku returned to Stamford Bridge during the summer. Lukaku scored the only goal as Chelsea started the defence of their Champions League title with a 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday night, taking his tally to four in four appearances so far. Tuchel guided Chelsea to Champions League glory last season. However the coach insists that Lukaku has actually given them something they didn’t have even with that triumph, both on and off the pitch.
“The efficiency from Romelu was hard. We didn’t create lots of chances for him however he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t lose self-confidence and belief. Which is why he is a world-class striker,”Tuchel stated of the world class Belgian, via Sky Sports.”He’s extremely important, it’s as easy as that.
You do not find many strikers of his quality. We did win likewise without Romelu and produced results. But he was the kind of profile we were missing out on, not even if of the skill but because of the personality.
“He is such a humble man, a super communicator in the dressing room, and that develops a specific energy around him in the team that we are proud of and what to have.
” The spirit and environment last year took us very far and it’s important we have it once again. We have it with Romelu, he understands what the club has to do with. We have him and we are really pleased due to the fact that he gives everybody around him confidence.”
Lukaku was signed to Chelsea for 3 years previously in his career without ever getting an appropriate chance, forcing him to make his profession elsewhere. However his dream of playing and scoring for Chelsea was something that emerged in childhood and he’s finally made it a reality.
Having scored his first Stamford Bridge goal versus Aston Villa at the weekend, Lukaku said, “It was my dream, considering that I was 11. I have waited on this moment and strove for this minute.”