Thomas Tuchel admits only two Chelsea stars are really connecting with Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that

some of his stars are yet to build a connection with

club record signing Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian returned to Stamford Bridge in the

summer window, signing from Inter Milan in a deal

worth £97.5million.

Lukaku got off to a stunning start back in English

football, netting three times in as many Premier

League fixtures, as well as scoring the winner in the

Blues’ opening Champions League group game.

Since then, he has gone four games in all

competitions without a goal and has been visibly

frustrated during their two defeats this week.

Lukaku was ineffective against Manchester City

during the loss at Stamford Bridge, while he also

failed to influence the game against Juventus.

And speaking ahead of their clash with Southampton,

Tuchel has suggested that Mason Mount and Mateo

Kovacic are the only team-mates that have been

effectively linking up with him.

Asked if Lukaku looking isolated was to do with him

still adjusting to new surroundings, Tuchel said: “Yes

and no. He was fully involved in the first game

against Arsenal, the second half against Tottenham

he was involved in creating chances for Timo Werner,

Mason in the first half.

“I think that football right now is about connections,

Romelu I feel has a strong connection with Mason

Mount and Mateo Kovacic.

They look for each other and have an understanding,

everybody else maybe lacks it a bit so they need to

learn and understand and adapt, create better of course.”

The German boss continued: “Like I said, we have

games where he was fully involved but now we have

games like against Manchester City where of course

he was isolated, City made him that, our transition did

that as well. There will always be matches like this.

There is no place to go.

“Sometimes you have these games so maybe this

one is not a reference game. We will talk maybe

totally different if he had scored in the 80th minute

[against Juventus] which was a chance he normally scores.

It is right but nothing major to worry about. We are aware of it.”

Mason Mount has missed both of Chelsea’s defeats

this season, but is back in training and could be

involved against the Saints.

“Mason is in the squad, Mason is back, it was not a

long injury, was a minor injury, and we’re happy that

he’s back,” Tuchel confirmed.

Then it’s obvious, a given that he’s nominated and

he’s happy to be nominated and will give everything

to do his best for his England squad.”

On how much his side missed the midfielder, the

Chelsea manager added: “We need to be careful.

He had a rough time at Tottenham.

“It is not on single players.

Of course, we want to have Mason on the pitch and

we know the energy he gives and we miss him but we

cannot start reproducing performances on the

thought of players who are missing.”


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