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Champions League: Chelsea find scoring touch without record signing Lukaku

Chelsea rediscovered a few of their fluent attacking kind as they beat Lille 2-0 within the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday, however the speak at Stamford Bridge was extra in regards to the striker who didn’t play than those who did.

Record signing Romelu Lukaku sat on the bench as an unused substitute whereas fellow strikers Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic claimed the objectives that put reigning champions Chelsea within the driving seat to advance to the quarter-finals.

On Saturday, in opposition to Crystal Palace, Lukaku had the fewest touches of the ball — seven — ever recorded for a participant on the pitch for at the least 90 minutes in a Premier League recreation since such information started to be collected in full within the 2003-04 season.

That undesirable document added to the questions being requested in regards to the Belgian’s function in Thomas Tuchel’s facet which has usually regarded extra harmful this season when Lukaku was absent with harm or as a result of COVID-19.

Lukaku scored 24 league objectives and supplied 11 assists for Inter Milan final season to assist them clinch the Serie A title and he bought off to a very good begin in his second spell at Stamford Bridge after his transfer to London in August.

He scored three objectives in his first three Premier League video games and linked up nicely with fellow strikers.

But he has scored solely two extra objectives within the league since then and feedback that he gave in a tv interview, wherein he mentioned Tuchel’s system didn’t go well with him, solely added to the sense that Lukaku shouldn’t be the appropriate match for Chelsea.

Tuchel instructed reporters after the win over Lille that he had determined Lukaku wanted a break after beginning in a string of video games not too long ago.

“The focus was today on intensity, on a high-speed game and hard work off the ball,” the German coach mentioned. “Romelu struggled in the last games to deliver that.”

Lukaku did rating two of Chelsea’s three objectives through the Club World Cup match that the Londoners gained in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.

But the risk posed by Havertz all through Tuesday’s defeat of Lille, and his exhausting work price, recommended the German could get the nod forward of the Belgian when Chelsea come out of the tunnel at Wembley on Sunday for the League Cup ultimate in opposition to Liverpool.

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