Thomas Tuchel ‘is considering DROPPING Romelu Lukaku from his squad to face Liverpool’ as the bemused Chelsea boss ‘mulls over punishment’ for the Belgian striker’s shock interview
Romelu Lukaku could reportedly be dropped from Chelsea’s squad as punishment for his bombshell interview released by Sky in Italy this week.
The Belgian striker, who only returned to Chelsea this summer in a £98million move, gave an interview three weeks ago but following publication on Thursday night there was a huge reaction to his comments that he was unhappy with life under Tuchel.
‘Physically I am fine. But I’m not happy with the situation at Chelsea,’ Lukaku told Sky in Italy. ‘Tuchel has chosen to play with another system – I won’t give up, I’ll be professional. I am not happy with the situation but I am professional – and I can’t give up now.’
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is less than impressed by Romelu Lukaku’s bombshell interview
The club’s record signing is now reportedly at risk of being left out of the squad vs Liverpool
Lukaku gave an interview at home to Sky Italia which upset supporters and staff at Chelsea
Tuchel was less than impressed at his press conference on Friday and the Telegraph report that the German boss is mulling over punishment to serve Lukaku for his comments in the TV interview.
Chelsea’s record signing has scored in his last two games having returned to the side but the reaction to his interview has reportedly left him sweating on his place in the side against Liverpool on Sunday.
The report goes on to add that while he has been frustrated since returning to Stamford Bridge, Lukaku is not looking to force an early exit and he has spoken to Tuchel in recent days about the interview in question.
Tuchel was quizzed on Lukaku’s comments in his pre-match press conference on Friday
Sunday’s line-up will be telling in whether Lukaku has been handed a punishment akin to a one-game ban or whether Tuchel elects to go for a behind-closed-doors dressing down, before using his star striker against Liverpool.
The interview with Sky Italia was taken at Lukaku’s property and Chelsea are said to have not had prior knowledge of it, leaving them fuming.
As well as talking up his unhappiness in Tuchel’s system, Lukaku also gushed about the prospect of one day returning to Inter Milan.
He added: ‘I really, genuinely from the bottom of my heart hope to come back to Inter, not at the end of my career, but while I am still at the level to win more trophies.’
Speaking at his press conference on Friday when asked about Lukaku’s comments, Tuchel said: ‘I don’t like it because it brings noise we don’t need. We need a calm environment and focus, and it does not help. On the other side we don’t want to make it more than it actually is.
‘This is today’s world, and everything you say is out there in public if you are such a big player like Romelu, — he is an experienced player and should know what kind of value it has when he speaks out like this.’
Lukaku rejoined Chelsea for £98million in the summer after winning Serie A with Inter Milan
Tuchel is reportedly weighing up a punishment for Lukaku for his comments in the interview
The Chelsea boss added: ‘You will find not a lot of system changes, if any.
‘Romelu played when he came, he got injured, caught Covid and he played with no training.
‘That’s why I’m surprised. I don’t enter in these discussions like there’s something going on because there is absolutely zero going on.’
Sunday’s match-up at Stamford Bridge is a huge game for both Chelsea and Liverpool in the make-up of the Premier League title race.
Manchester City’s dramatic late win at Arsenal saw Pep Guardiola’s side stretch their lead at the top to 11 points.
Both Chelsea and Liverpool know defeat on Sunday would all but extinguish any hopes of going stride for stride with City, even at this stage.