Romelu Lukaku must contribute more to offensive – Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea now trailing the defending champions by 13 points, putting their Premier League title dreams in danger

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After Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League loss to Manchester City, Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel believes Romelu Lukaku, who completed a club-record transfer last summer, must contribute more for the team and condemned the forward’s performance in the loss.

Lukaku, who has only netted five league goals since joining Stamford Bridge for £97.5 million from Inter Milan, came out openly last month over his place in Tuchel’s team, which prompted the Belgium international to be benched for this month’s home game against Liverpool. The attacker did apologize for his remarks and was penalized.

Tuchel pointed out Lukaku after he had only 21 touches in 90 minutes against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, and implored him to contribute more towards the team’s offensive.

While talking to BT Sport, Thomas Tuchel said

We had eight or nine offensive transitions but had zero touches in the box.

That was a big problem today, the performance of our front players a lack of position, timing, and composure.We lost too many balls too easily.

Romelu Lukaku sometimes needs to do the service, he is included in this, he had many ball losses in very promising circumstances, he had a huge chance.

He continued

Of course we want to serve him, but he is part of the team, and the performance upfront, we can do much better. We didn’t have enough chances.

we could have much more if we played with better timing and precisionSince rejoining the team, the former Everton and Manchester United attacker has only scored once within four games, against National League side Chesterfield in a 5-1 FA Cup third-round triumph last week.

Chelsea now trailing the defending champions by 13 points, putting their Premier League title dreams in danger.

Tuchel, on the other hand, stated that Chelsea will not relinquish the title until it is completely impossible.

The result is disappointing, but this can happen when you play at City. I thought we deserved a draw, we defended very well.

We did not allow big chances. We were not under so much pressure. Performance-wise, this is OK.

We have won games like this against City, so it feels very different.

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