Romelu Lukaku is mentally tired after being “overplayed”, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said on Tuesday, as the club’s record signing seeks to end his frustrating goal drought.
The Belgium forward rejoined Chelsea from Inter Milan in August for a fee of around £97 million ($134 million), seven years afer his first spell at Stamford Bridge ended.
The 28-year-old impressed in the early weeks of the season but his form has dipped and he has not scored for Chelsea since mid-September.
Tuchel, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match against Swedish side Malmo, said his players were still adjusting to having Lukaku in the team.
“This will increase every day because we are in the process of adapting to each other,” he said. “In the moment, in my opinion, I feel Romelu is a bit overplayed.
“I think he played too many competitions over the summer, too many competitions with the national team. Now he plays the Nations League (Belgium finished fourth at the finals earlier this month).”
“It means a lot for him to play for his country so he takes it really seriously,” he added.
“If that does not work well he always puts it on his shoulders, he thinks about it, he reflects about it and I feel he is a bit mentally tired, not like hugely that we have a concern.”
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Guti Advises Ronaldo To Join Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid legend, Guti, has backed Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo to join Atletico Madrid this summer.
Guti said Ronaldo would be a good fit for Diego Simeone’s side, adding that Atletico Madrid is a great team.
Ronaldo is keen to leave Man United after they failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League.
The Portugal captain has been linked with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is said to have already offered the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to Atletico Madrid.
But Guti believes this would be a great move for both parties as they will complement each other.
He told DAZN: “If in this case, he decides to come to Atletico Madrid, why not? It’s a great team, he is a great striker. Atletico Madrid needs a good striker and why not? I think it would be a good pairing.”
Guti added, “It would be strange, because Madrid loves him so much because he’s a very loved player. I think that the Real Madrid fans wouldn’t mind. I think that everything Cristiano had to give to Real Madrid, he already gave. If he feels happy being able to play in a great team like Atletico and in the Spanish league, which I think he wants, why not?”
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Why I Struggled At Chelsea, Lukaku Opens Up
Former Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku, has suggested that he struggled during his time at the club last season because he wanted to take ‘revenge’ on the west London club.
Lukaku stated this while opening up on his below-par debut campaign at his parent club Chelsea last season, claiming it was a difficult one for him.
The Belgium international, who returned to Chelsea on a club-record deal worth £97.5 million, is now back at Inter Milan on a one-year loan deal.
The former Manchester United star scored 64 goals during his two-season stint with Inter, winning the 2020-2021 Serie A title.
Speaking to DAZN (via Football Italia), Lukaku shed light on what went wrong after his move to Chelsea last summer.
The 29-year-old said, “I think before, when I left [Chelsea], I wanted to take revenge at Chelsea because when I was young, it was my team for eleven years. I had the opportunity to go back there and thought I would be a hero, but that was not the case. In March, when I heard there was an opportunity to come back here [Inter], I slowly didn’t say anything, but towards the end of the season, we did a very good job with the club. and I was able to come back here.”
Lukaku added: “I make reflections only at the end of the season. I saw that as a player with Inter, I did well; the season at Chelsea for me was difficult. I had no doubts; that is why I made the decision to come back here.”
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