It is not yet for this weekend that we will see Romelu Lukaku again at the start of a Chelsea meeting. Thomas Tuchel has indeed decided to leave him on the bench for the trip to West Ham.
Absent a few weeks after an ankle injury, the Belgian striker first returned to the bench against Juventus before being entitled to eight minutes of play against Manchester United and 21 at Watford.
In a press conference, the German coach explained that his player had “very like” to start the shock at West Ham, without specifying if he was going to follow the will of his player. This was not the case since the Red Devil takes place on the bench for the fourth time in a row despite the major stake of the meeting since Chelsea hope to keep the championship lead on the pitch of the fourth in the Premier League.
In a pre-match interview, Thomas Tuchel evoked his choice by arguing that his player had to “be patient” and that there was “a difference between being ready for training and for a Premier League game”.