Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku could make a return to the Chelsea squad for their Carabao Cup semi final clash against Tottenham on Wednesday.
The Belgian made some controversial comments in an interview that was released by Sky Italia few days ago and those comments didn’t go down well with everyone at Chelsea Football Club. Hence, the club record signing was dropped from the Blues’ crunch tie with Liverpool on Sunday.
Thomas Tuchel confirmed in his press conference today that the club has had fruitful talks with Romelu Lukaku and the striker is set for a return to the Chelsea squad after offering an apology.
Here’s every word Thomas Tuchel said about Lukaku in hospital press conference:
“We were happy that we took the time that it needed to talk calmly about it. This is what we did. He apologised. he is back in the squad for today’s training. The most important thing for me was to understand that it wasn’t intentional.”
“This is the first time we felt him this way. It’s not that big as people may want it to be. It’s not small, but it’s small enough to stay calm, to accept an apology and to move forward.”
“He’s very aware of what happened and what he created. He feels the responsibility to clean he mess us. Maybe we’ll have a bit of smell from it, but he can handle it. He’s no other choice, he can’t expect everyone to be super happy the next day.”
“It’s very important the stadium supports the team, even if someone has a different opinion on it, it’s about the team. I hope the supporters can take this also and support the team.”
“Yes [still committed], it does not make it better, that you can understand it more. He is very committed. That’s why it so was so surprising. He was decisive [in recent games], this is a new start after injury. That’s why it was big surprise.”
“There are zero doubts to his commitment to the team club.”
“It’s about adaption to the league, different club, team, teammates, then come injuries and Covid. We’re in a normal place with him. He’s willing to learn and adapt. It takes its time. We’ve no doubt he’ll be a big influence. Nothing has changed.”
“It’s fine if he says so [unhappy with situation in team]. I have read more difficult quotes to cope with in my past years. Of course, he was not happy. He wanted to help the team, but had Covid. He wants to score for us and be successful.”
“In the dialogue with Romelu, we are on the same page. We compete for the same things, he is our number nine.”
“You have to ask him. I don’t know how he feels about his long-term future, he has a long-term contract.”
“For me, it’s most important to understand the situation, the overall picture. Does this reflect the overall mood and attitude? Absolutely clear no. Intention to create trouble, leave club, pressure on coach? Absolutely no.”
“Of course he should’ve known better but that’s why we have to clear the air together. We need to be adult and mature enough to accept an apology and do absolutely everything to have a clear head for the upcoming matches.”
“He has a contract for a reason. He wants to achieve with his club Chelsea which means a lot to him. From here we go. I cannot predict the future.”
“Romelu speaks out very openly, not only in the media and in the dressing room, but with talks with me. We should appreciate it, maybe it was too open, and in a direction that club/supporters can be offended, which they have the right to be.”
Thomas Tuchel also confirmed that German striker Timo Werner could return vs Tottenham after recovering from Covid while defenders Andreas Christensen and Trevoh Chalobah could miss the game with injuries.