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Thomas Tuchel ‘happy’ with Romelu Lukaku’s performance in positive Chelsea update on Cesar Azpilicueta

Homas Tuchel said he was happy with Romelu Lukaku’s return to Chelsea squad, after supporting the Belgian striker to deal with the “pressure and adversity” of his quick recall.

Lukaku was left out of Tuchel’s squad for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool after an interview with Sky Italia in which he spoke of his frustration in a season so far interrupted at Stamford Bridge following his resignation of Inter Milan this summer. .

However, after talks with the Blues boss on Monday, and after apologizing both privately to his teammates and in public to club fans, the forward was reinstated in the starting XI at the first. opportunity for the first leg victory in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night against Tottenham

“I’m happy with the performance, I liked it,” Tuchel said of Lukaku’s performance in the 2-0 victory. “He was strong, he was involved, he showed huge commitment to our defensive work which was important, and he was dangerous, always used his body well and was always involved in dangerous situations.

“I expected that because Romelu can handle pressure and adversity. He seemed to be relaxed after a decision was made and after we finished the discussions and he knew what was going on, I felt him relaxed enough to have a performance like this.

Meanwhile, Tuchel has confirmed cramps forced captain Cesar Azpilicueta to leave late, a diagnosis which, if confirmed, will be a relief, after a positive Covid test for Thiago Silva added to the defensive injury crisis of Chelsea.

Tuchel lost Kai Havertz at half-time, however, as the midfielder injured his hand scoring the game’s first goal and then remaining tied until the break, when he was replaced by Timo Werner.

“Azpi says it’s just a cramp, not an injury, so that will be the good news,” Tuchel added. “Kai, the problem is with a finger, I think it broke, it looked horrible. He played through the pain, but it got bigger and bigger with every move and with every touch. of an opponent.

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