Transfers to Chelsea: Romelu Lukaku increased Roman Abramovich’s pressure on Thomas Tuchel | Football | sport
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel admits he comes under extra pressure and scrutiny from owner Roman Abramovich after bringing Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge for a lot of money – but says it doesn’t. not at all affect psychologically.
The Blues paid a record £ 97.5million last week to bring Lukaku back to the club from Inter Milan, seven years after his permanent departure for Everton.
The 28-year-old returns to Chelsea after stints with Everton, Manchester United and most recently Inter whom he fired for a first Serie A title in a decade. He has managed 64 goals and 16 assists in 95 appearances in Italy and returns to Chelsea as a highly evolved player.
With Chelsea winning the Champions League last season, Lukaku is now expected to be able to score the goals to help them fight for the league title this quarter.
Tuchel’s charges got off to a good start with a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on the opening weekend and Lukaku, already with 113 Premier League goals under his belt, is widely backed to score more than 20 goals this quarter. .
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The German coach admits having a world-class striker like Tuchel at his disposal means expectation levels will rise this quarter, including from Abramovich, but insists that won’t stop him in a job where coaches – including club legend Frank Lampard – are made redundant. notoriously quickly if things go wrong.
Ten years after his first appearance, Lukaku could make his Chelsea debut this weekend against Arsenal in the Emirates.
If he does play, Lukaku will be looking to score his very first goal for Londoners after playing 15 games without finding the net in his previous spell.
And Tuchel said: “We hope he gets on the pitch on Sunday and it looks like that. Romelu has the personality and profile that we were lacking up front.
“Does that add pressure on me, personally? Yes, but I don’t feel it. But I’m not hiding it either.
“We try to improve the team and to be better is to be at the same level as last season but consistently over a longer period.
“We always want to be a strong team and a team that comes from a team effort and Romelu is that kind of personality and profile that we lacked from the start. From now on it’s our job to push that forward. at the limit.
“We are waiting for goals, not talking about them, and he himself is waiting for goals. Why? Because he has scored goals everywhere he has played. That is why he is here and then we will see how far will impact.
“He’s a great personality in the dressing room and like I said before, I have no doubts that he will have a very positive impact on Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, the guys who play with and around him.
“He’ll open up spaces and grab the attention of defenders, so let’s see how we’re going to measure things at the end. Maybe we’ll set a clear goal later in the season.”
Chelsea will be Pulisic-free against Arsenal after the United States striker tested positive for Covid this week, although Hakim Ziyech and N’Golo Kante may return.