Thomas Tuchel has rebuffed Antonio Conte’s claim that Chelsea are yet to figure out how to properly use Romelu Lukaku
However, the Stamford Bridges boss admitted his predecessor is right on some counts.
Tuchel was quoted by Chelsea’s official website ahead of his side’s clash with Southampton this weekend.
“He [Conte] was obviously not on the telly after the Tottenham game,”
“Of course, if you watch this game against Juventus isolated, he is right on that point”
And he’s obviously in the TV studio to analyse this one game – so he’s right, no discussion about it”
“But it’s not a general thing. If you watch the other games he’s maybe not right. I don’t feel offended”
“I even saw [him on TV] while I was showering before the match in the hotel.”
Tuchel further pointed to the praise Lukaku and his squadmates commanded pre-game from
Pundits as a sign of their efforts, but admitted his side’s link-up play has suffered in recent weeks.
The lack of Mason Mount, ruled out of the defeats to City and Juventus through injury, has proved costly
having already proven his worth for club and country as an integral link in the attacking chain.
“Juventus made [Lukaku] isolated,” the former PSG boss added”
“It felt like seven players around him all the time in the box. They did it good and they did it in their style. We have to accept it”
“It’s not a general problem. We need to look at the games very individually”
“Any striker in the world would be isolated if we play so poorly in transition, like we did against Man City.”
The return of Mount, who is expected to feature before heading off for the international break with England
will be a timely boost to crafting attacking chances for the hosts at Stamford Bridge.