Tuchel leaps in Lukaku’s defence as he explains reasons behind the striker’s poor performance vs West Ham

Chelsea fell to a 3-2 defeat away at West Ham on Saturday, a result that saw the Blues lose their status as premier league table toppers dropping to third place on the log.

Some Chelsea players came under severe criticism after the game and Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku was not spared as he struggled after coming on as a half time sub for the injured Kai Havertz.

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Lukaku was very much of a passenger in over 45 minutes of action against West Ham as he failed to make the needed difference for Chelsea but manager Thomas Tuchel’s has leapt in defence of the striker following his poor performance in the 3-2 loss.

“It’s my fault. I don’t think he [Lukaku] is ready for 45 minutes physically but still we decided to bring him on for his height because we lost Kai [Havertz].” Thomas Tuchel told the Chelsea website.

“Kai [Havertz] had a crucial role in defending set-pieces, which is a huge threat from West Ham, so this is on me. I took the decision so it’s my responsibility.”

The game against West Ham was Lukaku’s first 45 minutes of action since returning from an ankle injury he sustained in October and as explained by Tuchel, the 28-year old is still yet to attain full fitness.