'Able to bully players': BBC pundit waxes lyrical about Chelsea star during win vs Spurs

Matt Upson singled out Belgian star Romelu Lukaku for huge praise last night during Chelsea’s 1-0 away win at Tottenham.

Thomas Tuchel’s side safely negotiated last night’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg to beat Spurs 3-0 on aggregate and reach February’s final.

Antonio Rudiger’s first-half goal was the difference in Wednesday’s second leg, but there were plenty of chances on both sides. Overall, the Blues 100 per cent deserved victory by controlling large spells of the two-legged tie, though.

Lukaku, who was handed another start yesterday, showed glimpses of quality without getting on the scoresheet.

The 28-year-old striker had a powerful effort denied by the goalkeeper in the first half after showing sheer power and speed to shrug off Spurs defender Ben Davies in the build up.

BBC pundit Upson was left waxing lyrical about Lukaku’s physical attributes during his latest Chelsea performance.

“Lukaku’s weight, power and strength and pace got him that yard ahead of Davies. It is his asset, the sort of play you are used to seeing from him. He is able to bully players,” Upson told BBC Radio 5 Live.

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Can Lukaku be Chelsea hero on Saturday?

Thankfully, Lukaku’s interview saga that saw him publicly voice his frustration about his situation has been expertly dealt with by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel in the last few weeks.

It’s now up to the centre-forward to do his talking on the pitch.

Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium on the weekend to face Premier League leaders Manchester City. It’s simply a must-win game for Tuchel’s side if they are to maintain any small hope of the league title this season.

Chelsea splashed out £97.5million to sign Lukaku from Inter Milan in the summer, and this weekend’s game is the kind of fixture he’s expected to deliver in.

Jason Cundy recently said the frontman needs to do more because he’s only seen “glimpses” from him so far this campaign.

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