We know you are world class, Rom! Thomas Tuchel tells Lukaku to ignore critics as Chelsea boss insists £98m new signing has the ‘personality’ to handle the spotlight following mega-money move
- Thomas Tuchel has told Chelsea new boy Romelu Lukaku to ignore the critics
- The Belgian, 28, previously complained about a lack of recognition for his game
- Chelsea boss Tuchel says that the £98m new signing belongs at the tiop level
- The striker is currently quarantining following his move from Inter Milan
Thomas Tuchel has told Romelu Lukaku not to worry about the critics who refuse to rate him world class.
Chelsea’s club record £97.5million signing complained during Euro 2020: ‘When people talk about Lewandowski, Benzema or Kane, they call them world class. But when it comes to me, it’s just considered good form. I belong in that list.’
On Friday Tuchel said: ‘I think it’s best to simply accept it and don’t worry about it. The data is that he delivered. He is in the spotlight because he likes it, because he is good, because he has the personality and he is happy to carry responsibility.’
Thomas Tuchel says Romelu Lukaku should not worry about what his critics say about him
Chelsea boss Tuchel believes Lukaku has the personality to deal with being in the spotlight
Lukaku is quarantining and will miss Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace, but could make his debut against Arsenal next Sunday.
With Hakim Ziyech out with the shoulder injury picked up in Wednesday’s Super Cup victory over Villarreal, Tammy Abraham could make a rare start.
New Palace manager Patrick Vieira will be missing Ebere Eze and Nathan Ferguson (both achilles), and loan signing Conor Gallagher can’t face his parent club. Captain Luka Milivojevic will also be absent for personal reasons and Michael Olise is out with a back injury.
Tammy Abraham could be set to start against Crystal Palace due to Hakim Ziyech’s injury