Romelu Lukaku has been unable to justify his £98 million ($134 million) price tag at Chelsea, with issues about his fit in the Blues’ system, but Thomas Tuchel has stated that he would not change his methods for anybody.
The German said following his side’s 1-0 loss to Premier League leaders Manchester City last time out that his No.9 needs to contribute more to the team’s cause.
The manager at Stamford Bridge has been suggested that he might boost those attempts by adjusting his tactical approach, but Lukaku has been cautioned that nobody in west London would cater to his demands.
When asked again before of Tuesday’s trip to Brighton whether any changes are necessary to get Lukaku fired, Tuchel responded: “No, I believe we do everything possible to assist him.”
“I believe this is the incorrect question since it focuses exclusively on one player. He is a critical player, and we want him to remain a critical player, but I believe this is the incorrect way.
“This is the service we provide to any player. This is a team sport, not one in which ten people serve one individual. It is neither Chelsea nor football.
“Every player is there to contribute to the team’s success. This is the supreme principle, which will not alter.”
When Lukaku returned to familiar surroundings at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2021, there was great enthusiasm.
After assisting Inter in winning Serie A last season and establishing himself as one of the most formidable frontmen in international football, the 28-year-old was anticipated to spearhead a Premier League championship push in 2022.
He has, however, sparked controversy with an interview in which he said he never desired to leave Italy and has just eight goals in 22 appearances.
When asked if Chelsea anticipated more from a club record signing, Tuchel responded: “We expected more from our entire attacking performance in the last match.”
“I believe we had sufficient attacking actions and transitions to injure Manchester City more than we did. If this answers your query, while it is not entirely accurate, he is a part of our offensive component.
“As a crucial player, there will always be pressure, but it will never be greater than what he places on himself. And we need to strike a balance between all the expectations, the pressure, and being comfortable enough to play our best game, because it’s not just about pushing, about meeting demands; it’s also about feeling at ease and being relaxed on the pitch.”