Man United hero says Klopp, Guardiola wouldn’t have signed Lukaku, gives reason striker is ideal for Blues as Tuchel insists on his importance to Chelsea

August 13th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Gary Neville reckons Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola would never have signed Romelu Lukaku.

The Red Devils hero believes the Chelsea signing, 28, was not well-suited to being a United forward during his two-year stint at Old Trafford.

And Neville reckons the Belgium star’s playing style would put him at odds with Liverpool’s and City’s approach.

Neville told The Overlap podcast: “Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t sign Lukaku in a million years.

“Neither would probably Pep Guardiola but Chelsea are the club that have had that type of striker.

“A [Diego] Costa, a [Didier] Drogba, a single point striker, that physical presence that wants to carry that line.

“They’ve had that in their armoury for 20 years. It suits Chelsea Football Club. He wouldn’t press from the front so he’d never suit Jurgen Klopp.”

But the Blues boss Thomas Tuchel insists Romelu Lukaku is the perfect fit for his new-look attack at Chelsea.

And Blues gaffer Tuchel ranks the Belgium star, 28, as one of Europe’s best forwards.

The former PSG boss said: “Romelu is one of the guys like Erling Haaland at Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich, Harry Kane at Tottenham, who is a real No 9, who loves to score and who has a presence in the box.

“That is not a secret. The sentence is easy to repeat for any coach in the world. We lost Olivier Giroud, who played a crucial role in the club.

“He was the kind of profile who likes to play with his back to goal, who likes to hold up balls, who creates space for Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, who is ready to fight physically with defenders.”

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