'Really surprised': Shearer left shocked by what Lukaku did after Chelsea scored last night
Alan Shearer couldn’t quite believe Romelu Lukaku’s reaction to Chelsea scoring the opener against Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday.
Speaking on Premier League Productions, Shearer spotted a despondent response to Hakim Ziyech’s first-half strike from Lukaku and several other members of Thomas Tuchel’s team.
Chelsea way off the chase
The Moroccan international’s low, dipping effort that evaded Robert Sanchez sent the Blues into an admittedly undeserved lead after 28 minutes.
Up to the point, Chelsea’s play had been sloppy and incoherent, whilst Brighton’s approach was completely the opposite.
This theme ran throughout the evening, as Graham Potter’s Seagulls swarmed their guests and served up a bit of lesson after the break.
They earned their equaliser on the hour mark, a thumping header from man-of-the-match Adam Webster.
Had it not been for Ziyech’s fifth goal of the season, the Champions League holders would’ve walked away from the AMEX Stadium with even more shame hanging over their heads.
This feeling was reflected by the Chelsea manager, who berated three of his senior soldiers in the opening exchanges, and by the players themselves.
Usually, after going ahead in a game, the mood should be lifted.
However, the Blues demonstrated a complete opposite range of emotions.
“When the ball hits the back of the net, have a look a Lukaku, have a look at (Callum) Hudson-Odoi, have a look at (N’Golo) Kante when the ball hits the back of the net and their lack of celebration, lack of reaction,” said Shearer on the aftermath of Ziyech’s goal.
“They walk back towards him. Heads down. There’s nothing in it. Bearing in mind you work all week to score goals and you’ve just scored the opening goal in the game.
“I was really surprised. That tells me, I don’t need any more evidence, that tells me that there’s an issue in that Chelsea dressing room.”
Problems behind closed doors is the very last thing Tuchel needs right now.
Mutiny in the Chelsea camp usually leads to the coach being removed from his post, or total capitulation on the pitch, with the two typically going together.
Clearly, when things aren’t going well, situations start to inflame and blood begins to boil.
Tuchel must get a lid on this sizzling pot, otherwise, it could be his head on the chopping block before too long.