04 Jan 2022 | 14:12
Coach Thomas Tuchel has the full support of Chelsea owner, billionaire Roman Abramovich in the ‘civil war’ with star striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian striker is said to have confused Chelsea internally after being criticized by coach Tuchel for a shocking TV interview in which Lukaku said he wanted to leave and wanted to return to Inter. The former Milan striker is now being asked to apologize for comments that have outraged fans and even surprised those close to him.
Coach Tuchel is considering whether to fill in Lukaku’s name for the first leg of the semi-final first leg in the English League Cup against rivals in London, Tottenham (taking place at dawn on January 6). According to the British press, the two had an exchange on January 3, but Chelsea Club refused to comment on the content of this meeting or the ongoing tension situation within “The Blues”. However, some sources revealed that coach Tuchel enjoys the support of Chelsea owner Abramovich.
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The Russian billionaire spent £ 97.5 million to bring the Belgian back to Stamford Bridge about 5 months ago. And sources close to the matter claim that Lukuka is pushing for an apology to end the negativity surrounding his statement.
Coach Tuchel hinted that the case could be quickly resolved when he said “there is always a way back” after the 2-2 draw against Liverpool in the last 21 Premier League round, the match Lukaku had to sit out. despite having just scored in the draw against Brighton in the previous round. The decision led to Chelsea fans protesting against Tuchel for his tough stance on Lukaku’s comments.
The Belgian star faces a protracted battle to try to restore confidence following the incident, especially as he claims to be a Chelsea fan. Lukaku trained on January 3 with players who missed the game against Liverpool but must wait for coach Tuchel’s decision on whether to be selected for the confrontation with Tottenham in the English League Cup.
The removal of Lukaku is a strong message from Tuchel that the coach will not tolerate meaningless behavior and comments that can harm the unity of the whole team. The German strategist even suggested holding a meeting with Chelsea’s key players to discipline Lukaku.
Currently, after the draw with Liverpool, Chelsea is being increased by the top team Man City to 10 points after 21 rounds.