I’m not offended – Tuchel sends serious message to world-class Chelsea striker for failing to score goals in recent games

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I’m not offended – Tuchel sends serious message to world-class Chelsea striker for failing to score goals in recent games


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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is not offended by former Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte’s views on Romelu Lukaku’s recent dip in form.

Lukaku has been in superb form under Conte at Inter Milan for the past two seasons. The Belgian’s climb to the top saw him earn a club record back to Chelsea this summer.

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After a good start to his second innings at Stamford Bridge, the striker has been on a mini-dip in form in the last few games. His former coach Antonio Conte weighed in on what caused Lukaku’s recent goalscoring drought. The Italian manager believes Chelsea are not using the striker properly, saying:

“I think Chelsea are not quite sure how to use him yet. He’s a very specific striker. If he brings Lukaku into the box, he’s dangerous. However, if he starts from midfield, he’s incredibly fast. It’s very difficult to find a player who is both a target and a player who can also run from midfield.”

After Chelsea’s second consecutive loss in all competitions in the midweek, Tuchel was asked about Conte’s comments on Lukaku. The German coach replied:

“He was clearly not on television after theā€¦ Tottenham game. I don’t feel offended, he has every right. He’s in the TV studio. I even saw it while showering before the game at the hotel. I saw him talking about us and I saw all the pictures between Romelu and our players from the game to Tottenham. They were talking about Romelu’s link-up, and how strong he is and how much he scored, so they praised him.”

Tuchel added:

“I can see it, but it’s not” Romelu Lukaku problem. The other teams have changed their structure to close Romelu, but there are solutions for that. We are working on it.”

Conte’s time at Chelsea

Antonio Conte was in charge of Chelsea for two seasons (2016-18). While the Blues won the league in his first season, they finished in a disappointing fifth place in his second campaign with the club. Conte won the FA Cup in his second season before parting ways with Chelsea.

The manager was known for his hard, rock-hard technique at the club, working on the players for a while. Eventually, however, cracks started to form as older players argued with the manager’s methods and techniques.

He took over from Inter Milan, where he won Serie A last season. He left the Italian club due to disagreements over the long-term future of the club.

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