CHRIS SUTTON: Romelu Lukaku blew his chance to come back with a bang

CHRIS SUTTON: Romelu Lukaku blew his chance to come back with a bang against Tottenham after his feud with Chelsea… but the goals will come again for Blues’ record signing

  • Romelu Lukaku was restored to Chelsea’s starting XI against Spurs
  • Belgian said last week in interview with Sky in Italy he was not happy at Chelsea
  • Blues’ record signing issued a video apology to the fans on Tuesday 
  • Thomas Tuchel said Chelsea will ‘brush off’ incident with Lukaku 

The best way for a striker to get the supporters back onside after a no-no – like conducting an unsolicited interview – is to score. 

Get a goal against their great rivals and let the fans lose themselves in the celebrations. 

Romelu Lukaku had some golden chances to mark his return to the Chelsea line up in that fashion on Wednesday night.  

Romelu Lukaku was restored to Chelsea’s line-up for the game against Spurs on Wednesday

One of them arrived after only 20 seconds. He shook loose Davinson Sanchez then tried to pass when a £97.5million striker should be more selfish and shoot for goal. 

Later in the half, he could and should have buried a header beyond Hugo Lloris after outmuscling Sanchez but just didn’t direct it on target. 

That would have made it 3-0 and goodnight Tottenham before the half-time oranges were even dished out.  

The Belgian striker received a warmed reaction from the fans at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea’s record signing had some great chances but failed to get on the scoresheet 

This was a Spurs defence begging to be scored against, especially in that first half. 

They were at sixes and sevens, summed up by that own goal when Japhet Tanganga headed the ball against Ben Davies. 

Chelsea came into this semi final first leg with the right attitude, with their energetic high pressing posing Tottenham all sorts of problems.  

Lukaku’s relationship with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel appears to have been repaired

After all the noise around Lukaku, he would have loved to score here at Stamford Bridge and get back to business. 

The goal will come soon enough maybe in the second leg against Tottenham. 

He’ll certainly get chances if Spurs play anywhere near as bad as they did here.

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