Thomas Tuchel refuses to be carried away by Romelu Lukaku’s performance in Chelsea win over Arsenal

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel said Romelu Lukaku’s debut was a “very good start” after the club-record signing got off the mark for the club on his first start.

Lukaku opened his Chelsea account just 15 minutes into his second debut after he scored the first goal against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Belgian, who was drafted straight into the starting line-up by Thomas Tuchel, got on the end of Reece James’ cross before tapping the ball home from close-range.

Speaking at his press conference after the game, Tuchel was delighted with his newest recruit but also refused to get too carried away.

“It was a very good start, it is the best thing when your striker scores straight away to make it 1-0 to us,” the head coach said.

“He linked well with Havertz and Mount and gave something to our game that we can play very directly up front. He was dangerous throughout the whole game in counter-attacks and how we brought him into the game.

“Now it is about details, there is stuff to improve.

“It was a very good debut and he linked up very well with us, now is the moment to continue and improve.

“I think his profile gave us something we didn’t have so much before. He has depth in his game and we can overcome pressing long balls, he can also play into him with his back to goal and we still don’t lose our counter-attack strengths as he runs in open space.

“He was involved in training and with the guys, he is very open, very smart and friendly person so it was easy to connect with everybody. We need to work on the details and keep on going.

“This was game one for him.”