'He’s not needed’: Some Chelsea fans worried by early team news

‘He’s not needed’: Some Chelsea fans worried by early team news coming before Juventus clash

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has delivered an early piece of team news ahead of Juventus regarding their striker Romelu Lukaku – and some Blues fans on Twitter have responded in a worried fashion.

The Blues host Italian opposition Juventus on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge, which is a game where qualification to the Champions League knockouts can be secured. 

Tuchel revealed yesterday that Lukaku may be involved in the match day squad to face Juventus, but a brief cameo from the bench is the most fans can hope for.

The 28-year-old Belgian striker hasn’t played since mid-October due to his injury. 

“Not sure yet. We have one more training. Yesterday he was in team training and seemed ok, let’s see about the reaction. He has right now in the next minutes an appointment with the doctors and physios to see about the reaction and the next training,” Tuchel said

“We have the chance to bring 20 players to the squad so there is a chance he is in the squad for the last minutes. This is the maximum we can get out of the situation right now.”

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Chelsea fans don’t want Lukaku to start

A selection of Blues supporters on social media are urging their manager not to play Lukaku tonight.

First of all, some are worried about bringing the centre-forward back too early from his injury. He’s been in training but hasn’t played in over a month.

Also, some feel that it would be best to hold him back to this weekend’s Premier League match at home to a struggling Manchester United.

He did find it difficult to make a big impact when he last played against a tough Juventus defence. The left-footed attacker would surely be desperate to prove a point if he played against ex-club United, though.

Here are some Chelsea fans discussing Lukaku:


Goals target

Lukaku has four goals in 11 appearances across all competitions since his return to Chelsea in the summer.

An injury problem has interrupted his season, so he may need to rethink any goal targets he set. 

However, pushing for 20-plus goals should be an aim for a quality striker that will get usually get plenty of opportunities around the penalty box.

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt thinks Lukaku “makes the difference” when he plays for Chelsea.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.