Micah Richards hails "masterclass" from Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel

Micah Richards blown away by Thomas Tuchel 'masterclass' with one Chelsea player

Micah Richards has explained why he thinks Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has performed a “masterclass” in how he’s dealt with his player Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku, 28, has had a turbulent time recently after an interview broke last month that saw him publicly voice his frustration regarding his situation at Stamford Bridge.

Subsequently, the Belgian striker was omitted from the Blues squad by Tuchel for the 2-2 Premier League draw against Liverpool. He returned and started in midweek during the 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, though.

Lukaku’s apology was enough to get him back in contention and it looks like the matter has been finalised, so it’s now up to the centre-forward to do his talking on the pitch.

Pundit Richards has shared his admiration for Chelsea’s manager because of how he’s handed an incident that was covering the back pages.

“The saga with Romelu Lukaku is over and, for that, significant credit must go to Thomas Tuchel,” Richards wrote.

“Chelsea’s head coach has gone up considerably in my estimation for how he dealt with the episode, as it was a masterclass from start to finish.”

“…Tuchel never put a foot out of place from start to finish. He had to drop Lukaku against Liverpool; when he spoke to the media, he gave enough information without ever belittling his player and also protected his club’s asset.

“Chelsea can move on and that’s all down to their manager.”

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Has Tuchel made any Chelsea blunders?

Tuchel will celebrate one year in charge on 26th January and it’s hard to think of a mistake he’s made during that time.

It’s been all-but perfect from Chelsea’s manager during his first year in charge of an English club.

He’s turned this side into one that won the Champions League in May, plus they look ready to compete for silverware across the board this season.

The most obvious impact from him has been with the change of formation, but his man management to improve individuals has been even more impressive.

His recent handling of the Lukaku scenario only improves his glowing CV.

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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.