‘Let’s be honest’ – Tuchel lays down law after tackling Romelu Lukaku article head on

Thomas Tuchel has spoken of his frustration following the interview Romelu Lukaku gave outlining his dissatisfaction at life back at Stamford Bridge – but insists the striker can turn his apparent upset into Chelsea’s advantage.

The 28-year-old became the Blues record signing when he returned to the club he left back in 2014. They paid Inter £97.5m for the Belgium international who penned a five-year deal in west London. The former Manchester United ace began well back at the Bridge, scoring in his first game away at Arsenal.

However, matters quickly turned south with a series of injuries seeing Lukaku’s game-time restricted. That frustration then led to Lukaku telling Sky Italy “I’m not happy with the situation” at Chelsea in an interview released on Thursday.

The “surprised” Chelsea boss says he will now sit down with the striker to thrash out a way forward. However, he is adamant he does not see any problem with Lukaku.

Nonetheless, Tuchel concedes the interview has left a sour taste and he’s feeling frustrated by the “noise”.

“We don’t like it, of course, because it brings noise that we don’t need and is not helpful,” Tuchel said on Friday.

“But on the other side, we don’t want to make more out of it than it actually is.

“You know very well how it is, it’s very easy to take lines out of context, to shorten lines to make headlines, then realise later it’s not so bad or what he meant.

“But let’s be honest, we don’t like it, because it’s noise we don’t need, we need a calm environment.

“I don’t feel him unhappy; I feel the exact opposite. If you ask me yesterday morning, I would say he is absolutely fine.

“But if there is something to discuss, it’s behind closed doors, for sure.

“If it’s an interview from a person of that kind of interest, an important player, I totally understand the process. And that’s why it’s a lot of extra noise, but still we are not here to just read the headlines.

Tuchel admits his surprise

“And maybe we here can take the time to try to understand what’s going on.

“Because it does not reflect his daily work, it does not reflect his daily attitud. In fact, the…


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