Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel links Romelu Lukaku’s form to flops like Fernando Torres – What We Know!

Lukaku is under the microscope having not scored a league goal since December

Thomas Tuchel has vowed to guard underfire striker Romelu Lukaku after Chelsea’s file signing was mocked for having simply seven touches of the ball on Saturday.

Lukaku has been ridiculed within the aftermath of the weekend 1-0 with over Crystal Palace, throughout which he touched the ball simply six instances from open play – seven together with the primary half kick off.

The centre ahead has scored 10 targets since his £97.5million arrival from Inter Milan final summer season – a mediocre return given his price ticket.

Torres struggled badly at Chelsea having joined from Liverpool

Romelu Lukaku’s (left) Chelsea struggles have been likened to ex-players, like Fernando Torres

Boss Thomas Tuchel accepted that Chelsea have a historical past of struggles with big-name strikers

However forward of Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 tie versus Lille, the Blues boss Tuchel stated: ‘He’s within the highlight and we’ll shield him.

‘Typically it’s like this with strikers in the event that they wrestle slightly bit with self-worth and discover the house to become involved with a very good defensive facet.

‘After all it’s not what we wish and what Romelu needs but it surely’s additionally to not the time snicker about him and make jokes about him.’

Struggling Lukaku is in respectable firm; he isn’t the one striker to have landed at Stamford Bridge for a princely sum in the course of the Roman Abramovich period solely to search out life in west London powerful going.

Fernando Torres, Andriy Shevchenko and Alvaro Morata to call three. There are extra, too.

‘There’s a historical past of strikers struggling slightly bit at Chelsea so it’s not the best place for strikers clearly. I don’t know precisely why the strikers do however it’s clearly like this,’ defined Tuchel.

‘We demand lots from our strikers by way of defending. We wish to be a bodily, laborious working group.

That perhaps performs a component. We’ve many video games the place all through now we have created many deliveries and probabilities and now we have struggled slightly bit within the conversion.

‘In the mean time it is a time the place we wrestle to make many large probabilities for our strikers. Additionally it is perhaps a standard interval in a protracted season.

‘So we’re on the topic and properly conscious and, like at all times, it’s not at all times one motive for the issue.

Shevchenko cost a then British record fee of £30m

Lukaku looks unsure of his role in Tuchel's set-up

Andriy Shevchenko (left) value a British file price earlier than he struggled, just like Lukaku now

Tuchel accepts that a defensive-minded Chelsea is 'not the easiest place' for strikers to play

Tuchel accepts {that a} defensive-minded Chelsea is ‘not the best place’ for strikers to play

‘It’s a very complicated sport and we attempt to carry on enjoying with religion and perception in what we do and within the workforce effort and from there we go.’

Lukaku nonetheless has time to show his stuttering season round. The Belgian has scored only one purpose at Stamford Bridge this 12 months, netting within the 5-1 win over non-league Chesterfield within the FA Cup third spherical.

Including to that paltry tally in Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg conflict versus Lille will, not less than, put the Belgium worldwide again on the suitable path.

That will probably be simpler stated than executed. Chelsea aren’t enjoying with any nice menace in the mean time; they have been indebted to a final minute Hakim Ziyech purpose at Selhurst Park on Saturday in recreation the place they flatter to deceive – not for the primary time in current weeks.

Tuchel has put the stuttering performances right down to fatigue. He has a degree: Chelsea have already performed 11 matches in 2022 – and squeezed in a visit to Abu Dhabi for his or her triumphant Membership World Cup marketing campaign for good measure.

However that’s the worth of success. Certainly, Liverpool have additionally performed 11 matches for the reason that flip of the 12 months and, in distinction to Chelsea, look invigorated.

Lukaku has scored 10 goals this season but is without a Premier League goal since December

Lukaku has scored 10 targets this season however is and not using a Premier League purpose since December

But, Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy stated on Monday: ‘I feel the supervisor is true about this, we had loads of video games in current weeks.

‘The supervisor gave some days off to the gamers to attempt to escape from the strain and to be slightly bit recent mentally.

‘After all it’ troublesome, but it surely’s a tricky interval for the workforce to play in a number of competitions.

‘We confirmed we’re collectively and we keep collectively even when issues are going powerful.

‘We’re nonetheless profitable and we’re nonetheless in lots of competitors so in the mean time the key is true.’

Tuesday’s conflict marks the beginning of pivotal week for Chelsea forward of Sunday’s Carabao Cup last towards Liverpool at Wembley.

However Tuchel has warned his gamers of the risks of getting forward of themselves: ‘It’s the second to be tremendous centered and never fear in regards to the large image as a result of that may make us have a look at loads of totally different photos and environments.’