Thomas Tuchel has his striker and that means Chelsea are in much better shape for those tight games with limited chances.
Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Zenit Saint Petersburg the kick-off of the Blues’ European Cup defense was one of them.
“The performance of Romelu wasn’t easy’ Tuchel said about Romelu Lukaku, who scored for the fourth time in four Chelsea appearances since Inter Milan’s arrival this summer. “We haven’t created many chances for him, but he’s the type of guy who doesn’t lose his confidence. And that’s why he’s a world-class striker.”
Lukaku rose high as he moved to the back post to answer Cesar Azpilicueta’s invitation from the right, then nodded home for the only goal at Stamford Bridge.
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The win gives Chelsea a winning start to the group stage and was needed with a trip to Juventus on match day 2.
Turin won’t scare Lukaku, who helped Inter Milan end Juve’s stranglehold on the scudetto last season, while Chelsea won the UCL.
“He was the type of profile we were missing, not only because of the talent, but also because of the personality,” Tuchel said. “He’s such a humble man, a super communicator in the locker room, and that creates a certain energy around him in the team that we are proud of and want to have.”
Chelsea will play with Tottenham next Sunday for visits from Aston Villa in the League Cup and Man City in the PL. Then it’s off to Juventus.
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