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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Arsenal Will Overcome Tottenham This Weekend, Johnson Predicts
Former Chelsea star, Glenn Johnson has provided his prediction for Saturday’s North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.
Mikel Arteta’s side will receive Antonio Conte’s Spurs at the Emirates on Saturday.
The Gunners would be leapfrogged by Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table if they hand Arteta’s side their second defeat of the season.
Arsenal has won six out of seven of their opening games, losing once to Manchester United.
Spurs are unbeaten and just a point behind them in third, with Tottenham able to leapfrog their rivals with a victory.
Johnson told SafeBettingSites: “It’s going to be a tough one to call, to be honest.
“Tottenham looks great, Arsenal looks great. Finally, we’ve got two good teams going into the north London derby!.
‘This is their first big test, for both teams. [I’m going] 2-1 to Arsenal.’
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Super Eagles Can’t Wait To Face Portugal, Says Peseiro
Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro is looking forward to the Super Eagles’ friendly against his country, Portugal.
The three-time African champions will be up against Portugal in their next friendly in Lisbon on November 17.
The Super Eagles fell to a 2-1defeat against the Desert Foxes of Algeria in Oran on Tuesday night.
Peseiro is already looking forward to the highly anticipated game, which will be pitched his side against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota, and others.
“I am happy to play against Portugal. It is my country,” he told NFF TV.
“We will do a good match.
“I hope the players who are injured recover (in time for this match).
“I will choose the best players, but I hope no big injuries in the team.”
The Super Eagles have won two and lost three in five outings under the former Venezuela and Saudi Arabia gaffer.
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Martinez Is A Proper Defender, Says Sagna
Former Arsenal and Manchester City right-back, Bacary Sagna has hailed Manchester United’s newly signed centre-back, Lisandro Martinez, describing him as a ‘proper’ defender.
According to Sagna, the Argentine has given the Red Devils’ attacking players the perfect platform to play.
Martinez joined Manchester United over the summer in the deal around £47million.
The Argentina international has formed a formidable partnership with Raphael Varane in Erik ten Hag’s central defence and was named United’s player of the month for August.
And Sagna pointed out that Martinez is exactly the type of player that the Red Devils have been missing in recent years.
“Lisandro Martinez at United, that guy is a real defender!” Sagna told Lord Ping.
“He is serious – there is nothing flashy about his play. He does his job perfectly. Not only does he have great ability on the ball, but he relishes the duels – he engages attackers.
“As a defender, you have to be scary, strong. Some defenders forget they are defenders, they want to be skilful at the back.
“He makes United solid and gives a platform for their attacking players to shine – that is the job of a proper defender.”
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