'Didn't go down well': Journalist shares the joke Chelsea boss Tuchel made last season which really annoyed Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku reportedly got annoyed last season by a joke made from Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel when playing Tottenham.
Goal journalist Nizaar Kinsella has shared some insight between a conversation that took place between the pair last season.
Apparently, the 29-year-old centre-forward got genuinely frustrated after hearing a joke from his coach aimed towards him. Tuchel’s light-hearted comment mocked Lukaku for his good relationship with Spurs boss Antonio Conte, who previously coached him at Inter Milen.
“Someone told me that Romelu Lukaku was chatting to Thomas Tuchel watching Spurs match and Tuchel said ‘there’s your Daddy’ about Antonio Conte. It was just a joke, but it didn’t go down well with Lukaku,” Nizaar Kinsella said.
Tuchel joke about Lukaku
This small incident highlights all was not well behind the scenes at Chelsea last season.
Thankfully, the Lukaku saga has been sorted for now. His season-long loan to return to Inter was confirmed on Wednesday, which is a deal that seems to make sense for all parties involved.
The Belgian striker should be able to get back to playing some of his best football at the San Siro. Unfortunately, the 2021/22 season for him in a Chelsea shirt didn’t come together, so he’s now back in Italy looking to perform for Inter.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have removed a player from their squad that was receiving plenty of scrutiny in the media.
Tuchel was unable to get the best out of the left-footed striker at Stamford Bridge, with Kai Havertz the preferred option in attack. He needs to find much more success in attack this season, though.
Chelsea’s reported move to try sign Leeds United winger Raphinha should immediately bolster the forward line. The Blues are reportedly trying to secure a deal for Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling, too.
It seems Tuchel will be asking for more from his wide men rather than relying on a traditional No.9.