Thomas Tuchel reveals he sought advice from Chelsea’s senior players before deciding to axe Romelu Lukaku from crunch clash against Liverpool after the striker claimed he was unhappy under the Blues boss
- Manager Thomas Tuchel dropped Romelu Lukaku for stalemate with Liverpool
- The decision came after the striker claimed he was unhappy at Stamford Bridge
- The Chelsea boss revealed he consulted his senior players before dropping him
- But the German is adamant the 28-year-old can come back from the fall-out
Thomas Tuchel sought advice from Chelsea’s senior players before deciding to axe Romelu Lukaku from the squad to face Liverpool.
The Blues head coach will hold showdown talks with the club’s £97.5million summer signing on Monday with a view to healing the wounds created by Lukaku’s controversial and unauthorised interview with Sky Sport Italy in which he confessed to being unhappy under Tuchel.
The outcome of Monday’s meeting will determine whether Lukaku is recalled for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash against arch-rivals Tottenham, in a game that will see Antonio Conte return to Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel (left) decided to axe Romelu Lukaku (right) for Chelsea’s draw with Liverpool
The German revealed he sought advice from his senior players before making the decision
And speaking after Sunday’s draw with Liverpool, Tuchel said he confided in the senior members of his squad – including skipper Cesar Azpilicueta – before deciding to omit Lukaku.
‘I don’t take decisions in my office just circulating around my thoughts, I take decisions for the team and I have players to listen to, hear their opinion and what they think and then I take my decisions once I hear them out,’ said Tuchel.
‘It’s not a personal thing for me to decide because of my belief, we have a squad to protect with strong beliefs and strong values.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta (left, in action on Sunday) was among the players Tuchel spoke with
‘It’s not Chelsea-like, but its also not he worst thing in the world. It’s not the first time an interview out their causes some noise nobody needs. But we can handle it. I don’t feel personally attacked.
Tuchel admitted that the second part of the interview, that emerged on Friday, pushed him into not including Lukaku on Sunday.
But the German is adamant the 28-year-old striker can come back from the fall-out.
‘There were new statements and it got too big, too much noise and we lost totally the focus of the match,’ said Tuchel.
After Chelsea’s draw, Tuchel was adamant the 28-year-old can come back from the fall-out
‘We wanted to protect Romelu from a rash decision because we need to speak with him, read the full interview and stay calm and not lose our heads.
‘It was simply a decision to protect the match like this. It was too much noise. This was clear he will not be in the squad.
‘But he’s our player, he will stay our player, we will always protect our player and we will.
‘I cannot tell you right now (if he can be available on Wednesday) because we need to talk and understand the situation more and on we go.’
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