Lukaku praised by Tuchel for ‘strong’ display in Carabao Cup win against Tottenham

Chidalu Obiajulu

Chelsea German Manager Thomas Tuchel has heaped praises on Romelu Lukaku for overcoming the ‘pressure’ and ‘adversity’ of his interview controversy to impress in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Tottenham.

Romelu Lukaku was under surge after an interview about the club and manager, and his pattern and tactics which are not favourable to him.

This led to him been dropped from the team squad who faced Liverpool during their premier league encounter.

They had a meeting where everyone understood the situation and settled everything to the good of the management, club, players, staff and fans.

Following explosive interview with Sky Italy last week, the Belgium striker, 28, was dropped by Tuchel for Sunday’s 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Liverpool and slapped with a fine, but he returned to the starting lineup for their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Spurs.

And despite failing to get on the scoresheet in a comfortable victory for the European champions, Lukaku still did enough to win over his manager on the night.

“I’m absolutely happy with (Lukaku’s) performance, I like how he played, strong, huge commitment in defensive work,” said Tuchel.

“He was not affected by it, he was relaxed and fine with situation, mentally he has moved on. He was always dangerous, always used his body, and was always involved in dangerous situations.

“I expected it honestly because Romelu can handle pressure, he can handle adversity, and he seemed to be relaxed after the decision was made and we finished our talks.

“I felt him relaxed enough to have a performance like this.”

Kai Havertz broke the deadlock for Chelsea after five minutes at Stamford Bridge, before a calamitous own goal from Ben Davies doubled their lead half an hour later.

Tuchel and co now have one foot in the Wembley finals ahead of next week’s second leg in north London.

Most of the fans will be triggered with joy, to see the new tactics the manager deployed which worked perfectly well for the team, both in possession and all.