It didn’t take Romelu Lukaku to understand the Tuchel system, hereby helping the club to it’s first victory in the champions league this term.This is what the manager has to say about his performance against Zenith.
Thomas Tuchel’s got his striker, and that means that
Chelsea’s in much better shape for those tight games with
Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Zenit Saint Petersburg to kick off
the Blues’ European Cup defense was one of those ones.
“The performance from Romelu was not easy,” Tuchel
said of Romelu Lukaku , who scored for the fourth time in
four Chelsea appearances since arriving from Inter Milan
this summer. “We didn’t create many chances for him but
he’s the type of guy who doesn’t lose confidence and
belief. And that is why he is a world-class striker.”
Lukaku rose high while moving toward the back post to
meet Cesar Azpilicueta’s invitation from the right, nodding
home for the lone goal at Stamford Bridge.
The win gives Chelsea a winning start to the group stage
and was necessary with a trip to Juventus on Matchday 2.
Turin won’t scare Lukaku, who was helping Inter Milan
end Juve’s stranglehold on the scudetto last season while
Chelsea was winning the UCL.
“He was the type of profile we were missing, not just
because of the talent but because of the personality,”
Tuchel said. “He is such a humble guy, a super
communicator in the dressing room, and that creates a
certain energy around him in the team that we are proud
of and want to have.”
Chelsea next plays at Tottenham on Sunday before visits
from Aston Villa in the League Cup and Man City in the
PL. Then it’s off to Juventus.