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Tuchel might have just found the key to unlocking Chelsea’s attacking potentials after comeback win vs Aston Villa

Chelsea came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-1 last night to keep themselves alive in the premier league title race.

Reece James scored a first half own-goal to put Villa ahead but the lead didn’t last long as Jorginho restored parity from the spot before halftime.

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Chelsea completely turned things around in the second half with the introduction of Romelu Lukaku who gave Chelsea a 2-1 lead and drew an injury time penalty which Jorginho comfortably dispatched to seal the game with a 3-1 scoreline.

Last night was one of Lukaku’s best games in a Chelsea shirt and the second half performance showed how good The Blues could be with the £97 million man in full flow.

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Apart from scoring and drawing a penalty, Lukaku created 2 big chances for his teammates and was named man of the match at full-time.

Lukaku’s last premier league goal before last night came against Aston Villa in September and since then he had struggled in a Chelsea shirt.

Some said his struggles were due to the system Chelsea played while others argued that Thomas Tuchel has just not found the right partnership that could unleash the full potentials of the Belgian at Chelsea.

Lukaku showed last night that he could be a big asset to Chelsea when on form but could we see more of that in the long run?

Earlier in the season, Romelu Lukaku partnered with Kai Havertz and Mason Mount in the Chelsea attack, a front three that failed to find its mojo until it got disbanded.

The performance of Callum Hudson-Odoi on the left flank last night however gave Thomas Tuchel more options as the young winger showed that he’s willing to play with a target man unlike some of his teammates.

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“Hudson-Odoi was outstanding today, one of his very best performances.” Said Tuchel in his post-match comments

The 21-year old assisted Lukaku’s goal as both players blended nicely in the second half with Lukaku almost repaying the favour when he set up a big chance that the winger failed to convert.

Would Lukaku, Hudson-Odoi and Mount be Chelsea’s front three while going forward? Well, Mount might just be the weakest link in this partnership as his unwillingness to make a game changing pass to the target man showed glaringly last night. It’s something that can be improved on though, or better still Tuchel could explore more options with the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic all at his disposal.

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