Lukaku was not physically fit against West Ham- Tuchel

After Kai Havertz suffered an injury, Tuchel sent in the Belgian striker in the second half

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Lukaku was not physically fit against West Ham- Tuchel
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Thomas Tuchel has acknowledged that bringing Romelu Lukaku on during Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham on Saturday was an error in which he regretted.

After Kai Havertz suffered an injury, Tuchel sent in the Belgian striker in the second half.

Lukaku only made three appearances after returning from an ankle injury he sustained in October.

After the game, Tuchel indicated that the 28-year-old was not “physically” ready to play 45 minutes of football.

Thomas Tuchel, while speaking to Chelsea’s official website during the post-match interview, said

It’s my fault. I don’t think he is ready for 45 minutes of physicality but still, we decided to bring him on for his height because we lost Kai.

Kai had a crucial role in defending set-pieces, which is a huge threat from West Ham, so this is on me. I took the decision so it’s my responsibility.”

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