Thomas Tuchel may have Romelu Lukaku headache due to Chelsea team-mate’s struggles

Thomas Tuchel’s second-half tactical masterstroke against Tottenham Hotspur, ended up becoming his tactical downfall against Manchester City.

Before Chelsea blitzed Spurs with three goals in the second period of the match, Nuno Espirito Santo

surprised the Blues by ferociously flooding the midfield and pressing the life out of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.

The midfield pair were not given a second to breathe at the London Stadium, and Tottenham looked to be the team in charge. But Tuchel wrestled the control

back by introducing N’Golo Kante; giving them an extra avenue away from Spurs’ relentless midfielders.

It worked beautifully as Santo’s midfield quartet were thrown by the addition of Kante, and Chelsea got through them with ease.

Tuchel began the contest against Pep Guardiola’s side in similar fashion to how he ended at the London Stadium.

Except this time Timo Werner was partnered alongside Romelu Lukaku instead of Kai Havertz.

Unfortunately, it did not work anywhere near as well, as City penned the Blues into their own 18 yard-box and meticulously dispatched of any counterattacks.

Lukaku has been a Lion for Chelsea since he returned to the West Londoners for £98m in the summer, but he was trapped in a sky-blue cage off Rhodri, Aymeric

Laporte, and Ruben Dias. Lukaku is a master of pinning down and isolating defenders, but he was the one who was stranded on his own by City.

He is a master of pinning down and isolating defenders, but he was the one who was stranded on his own by City.

Werner’s pace was decisive when Chelsea beat Manchester City in last season’s Champions League final, but at the Bridge there were no passes for him to latch onto.

Werner’s pace was decisive when Chelsea beat Manchester City in last season’s Champions League final, but at the Bridge there were no passes for him to latch onto.

His pace, movement, and darting runs stretch defences as much as possible, but there was rarely an opportunity for him to do so.

Tuchel’s decision to scrap his usual 3-4-3 formation, for a more compact and solid 3-5-2 formation worked perfectly against Tottenham, but it did him no favours against the Citizens.

Unfortunately, it could also beggar the question regarding the state of Werner’s future at the club. Reports from German outlet have suggested Bayern

Munich have expressed a keen interest in signing the 25-year-old, assuming Robert Lewandowski’s desire of an Allianz Arena exit is granted by the club.

Werner and Lukaku partnership in the traditional big man little man set-up has been frequently discussed ever since the Belgian signed from Inter Milan.

In theory it is a match made in heaven, but the most glass half full individual would have labelled the deployment of the pair against City as a work in progress at its most generous.

Moreover, Lukaku thrived alongside Lautaro Martinez in Italy, with Antonio Conte crafting the two hitmen into one of the best strike partnerships in the World.

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