Tuchel says he will not change his tactics just to serve one Chelsea player
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel disagreed that he needs to alter his tactics to suit Romelu Lukaku despite criticising the striker’s performance in the Manchester City defeat.
On Saturday, Lukaku touched the ball just 20 times, the lowest among Chelsea starters, despite playing full 90 minutes.
He also lost the ball nine times, which Tuchel was certainly not impressed with.
To be fair, the striker often had to deal with two to three defenders at once as Pep Guardiola’s men managed to force Chelsea to sit very deep in their own half.
Lukaku, whose pace and strength are among the best at Chelsea, played as a target man and was often isolated up front.
Many argue that Chelsea are wasting their record signing’s potentials by not playing a counter-attacking football that suited him at Inter Milan.
Tuchel, however, does not think changing their style would be the solution.
“We do everything to help him — I think, [this] is absolutely the wrong question,” the manager said in Monday’s press conference when asked whether Chelsea should play more direct to get the best out of Lukaku.
“Because it’s focusing on one player.
“He’s a key player, and we want him to be a key player, but for me, [that would be] the wrong approach.
“This is a team sport, so it’s not about 10 players serving one player. This is not Chelsea, and this is not football.
“Every player serving the team is the highest principle, and this will never change.”
Well, Tuchel’s system led Chelsea to their second Champions League triumph just eight months ago, so sticking to it makes perfect sense.
Lukaku also had a bright start this season which suggests that the system might not necessarily be the problem.