Thomas Tuchel reveals Romelu Lukaku’s attributes, wants to unleash striker against Arsenal on Sunday

August 20th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Romelu Lukaku has been tipped to hit the ground running for Chelsea by boss Thomas Tuchel as he prepares to make his debut for the Blues at Arsenal this weekend.

“Is Romelu the missing piece? Well we hope so, but at the same time we try to find solutions for any questions that are asked during games,” said Tuchel.

“And we want to still be a strong squad and a squad that comes from a team effort.

“And Romelu is that kind of personality and profile that we were missing up front. And from now it’s our job to push that to the limit.

“We have one more training session to go, but the week was a heavy load for him because he was in the group with the late starters from our guys.

“But we are hoping he’s on the pitch for Sunday and things look like that will happen.

“I think he’s unique; from his physicality, from his ability to play with the back to goal. But for me he’s at his strongest when he’s in the half-open, open position even for transition gain, to use his immense speed.

“So I think with this kind of physical power and at the same time being so fast, and being so hungry, and a true goalscorer in his characteristics, I think it’s also for me a unique and new experience to have this.

“He’s a very nice guy, which is very nice to see for us. Everybody told us about it and everybody was right.

“We are a good group and it’s very important for us to be a good group, a respectful group and a very democratic group where everyone is involved and shares the responsibility.

“This is a great situation for us so let’s hope it stays so positive.”

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Pep Guardiola says former Chelsea target will remain at club

August 20th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has shrugged off questions about Tottenham’s Harry Kane and insisted fellow striker Robert Lewandowski will stay at Bayern Munich.

City are tipped to up their original £100million bid for England skipper Kane to £120m – still well below Spurs’ £160m valuation.

Guardiola said: “I’m not going to talk about 11 days left, about the transfer market. I don’t know what’s going to happen, nobody knows.”

And questioned if he was happy with his squad, the Spaniard insisted: “Absolutely.

More than happy. It is the same team, except Sergio (Aguero, who has joined Barcelona) for Jack Grealish (signed from Aston Villa), that we had last season.”

Guardiola also ruled out being reunited with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski at City and he does not believe the Poland star will leave the Allianz Arena.

Lewandowksi wants to leave and Bayern have slapped a £100million price tag on his head.

“Lewy is such an important player for Bayern Munich and he will stay at Bayern Munich,” said the City boss.

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Lukaku confirms Antonio Conte’s famous attribute, identifies how Serie A is different from Premier League

August 20th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Romelu Lukaku reveals Serie A is ‘a totally different game’ to the Premier League and Chelsea, while Antonio Conte ‘showed me what it took to win’ at Inter.

The striker found the form of his life in Italy, scoring 64 goals and providing 16 assists in just 95 competitive games for the Nerazzurri.

“I think going to Italy basically showed the world what I can do along with me playing with the national team of Belgium,” he told The Independent newspaper.

Lukaku was asked if he felt that he needed to leave England in order to truly flourish as a player.

“I think I had to. It was also a big part of my plan to try and experience different leagues. I experienced Serie A, which was a league I always wanted to play in at one point in my career.

“Going there, you deal with a different kind of pressure and in a different way. It was good. Maturity-wise it was knowing what it takes to win and the circumstances in which you need to do that.

“Obviously, I had Antonio Conte there as a manager who really helped me and showed me what it took to win, and we did it in the second season.

“As a player it’s a totally different game in Italy. Very, very tactical. Tight spaces and in most of the games you only get one chance, and if you don’t score it gets very difficult. So, efficiency-wise that was very important, and I also learnt to play more with my back to goal and other technical aspects of the game which are really important. It was a good experience.”

Conte is famous for pushing his players to the limits and Lukaku absolutely agrees that is the case.

“To learn how to win is basically pushing the barrier. Every trainer has a different way of coaching, but with Antonio we really learnt how to go to the red zone. That was it.

“In the second season we were much more consistent in winning big games. That made the difference against big opponents.

“As a player, the Italian game is so different. It’s so tactical and technical. You have to make the right run or movement to get another player free. We always had a lot of possession, so we were playing in the opposite half. Most of the time you were back to goal, and everything was going through me.

“I remember having a conversation with Conte about this and he told me if I wasn’t good at that, I wouldn’t play. For me that was an eye-opener. Once I mastered that aspect then for me everything became easier.

“The game would slow down, and I could control the game more and give more assists. That was really something I wanted to do and I wanted to experience that in another country, where I think it would be beneficial for the rest of my career.”

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