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Sport F365 says: Lukaku injury a blessing for Tuchel and Chelsea (Sat AM)

12:25  23 october  2021
12:25  23 october  2021 Source:   football365.com

Chelsea handed massive injury scare ahead of Premier League return

  Chelsea handed massive injury scare ahead of Premier League return The news will come as a big concern for Chelsea, who face London rivals Brentford in the Premier League next Saturday. “Eden Hazard and Lukaku are in a similar physical condition. They have had muscle overload and we didn’t have the facilities here to do the usual medical work. So they will return to Belgium to get back to the best in the clubs,” Martinez said on Saturday. “It’s an overload, it’s a medical issue. “We don’t have the feeling they are 100 per cent to be on the pitch. I don’t know what the evolution of these injuries will be.

Chelsea have taken the fifth-most shots in the Premier League (just five fewer in total and they would be bottom half) and have had 192 touches in the opposition penalty area – the third highest but dramatically fewer than Liverpool or Manchester City and only two more than West Ham. The answer is greater width and depth coming from other areas of the pitch, and Tuchel will know that. His decision to start playing Lukaku and Werner together was a sign he had noted his team’s lack of movement – that slow withdrawal into a congealed central block – and wished to add depth with runners in behind.

Lukaku & Werner injuries should force Tuchel into a tactical change. But whether through fear or obstinacy, his hesitancy to shift system might not last much longer following injuries to Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku on Wednesday. What looks like a problem on the surface could prove to be a blessing in disguise. Tuchel will need to do a bit of experimenting to find out how to play without either of his strikers, and with a kind run of fixtures coming up – Norwich (home), Southampton (h), Newcastle (away), and Burnley (h) are their next four – there is space here to open up a bit; to bulk out the team

The injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner could prove to be a blessing for Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea. The remaining forwards cost a fortune and are on handsome wages. And now, it’s payback time.

Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrate a goal for Chelsea © PA Images Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrate a goal for Chelsea

No matter how Tuchel dresses it up, Lukaku’s injury does not reflect well on the Chelsea boss. Tuchel admitted the striker was “mentally fatigued” and “overplayed” ahead of their Champions League game against Group H whipping boys Malmo, but played him anyway. “I don’t regret it,” Tuchel clarified after the game, which would be somewhat more believable had he not already said “if I knew before I wouldn’t have done it”.

Lukaku reveals why he returned to Chelsea this summer

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Thomas Tuchel says Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner will be out of Chelsea ’s next two games at least after picking up injuries on Wednesday. © PA Images Romelu Lukaku looking frustrated. The Blues overcame Malmo 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in a night marred by the injuries to the two strikers. Tuchel said after the game that the pair would be “out for a while”, but insists they are both feeling “positive”. MEDIAWATCH: Object to the Newcastle United takeover? You’re a racist…

Tuchel said he had no regrets about letting a trio of strikers - Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi - leave in the summer as their presence would have made his squad too bulky. Sometimes, he stressed, bad luck happens. Regarding his options when it comes to filling the gap Tuchel was also asked about the availability of Hakim Ziyech, who has not featured since the defeat at Juventus. The boss believes he is still suffering the effects of the shoulder injury he sustained shortly after giving us the lead in the Super Cup. ‘He was in the team at the beginning of the season because

“We need to find solutions without Romelu and Timo, that’s clear. Everyone will join the race to be decisive for us,” added Tuchel, who will be without the two strikers for the foreseeable future. But it’s far from a disaster for Chelsea; it could actually work in their favour.

If, as Tuchel said, “the best thing for mental fatigue is a goal”, the second best (and actual first best) thing is a rest. And although forced, Lukaku has now been granted that valuable downtime. He played 60 games last season and 14 in two months having arrived at Chelsea. And overplaying appears to have taken its toll. Lukaku is without a goal for club or country in seven games – his longest barren run since leaving Manchester United for Inter Milan over two years ago.

Brentford 0-1 Chelsea: Romelu Lukaku pushed into offside position by Mathias Jensen

  Brentford 0-1 Chelsea: Romelu Lukaku pushed into offside position by Mathias Jensen Romelu Lukaku drew a blank as Chelsea beat Brentford 1-0 on Saturday.Last night, Thomas Tuchel's side knew they needed to beat the Bees to keep abreast of Liverpool in this season's Premier League title race.

Lukaku was hurt as he was brought down by Nielsen for Jorginho's first penalty, seemingly taking the full weight of the Malmo player on his ankle. The club's record signing required lengthy treatment and despite walking to the halfway line in an attempt to carry on, he was clearly struggling and substituted. Chelsea 's next game is at home to the Premier League's bottom club Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and Tuchel confirmed Lukaku and Werner will be out for "some matches". He must now hope this impressive victory does not come at too much of a cost to his side.

What has been said about Lukaku 's injury ? "Romelu twisted his ankle with the foul in the box and Timo has a hamstring injury ," Tuchel said Wednesday night. "It will take a while for both of them. We need more examinations to be more precise but they will be out for some matches." "But if you see the pictures and the video of the injury , the position of the ankle is really under the weight of the body but he is a strong boy and he wants so much to play every game so he will be back stronger soon I am sure.

a man wearing a uniform: Thomas Tuchel © PA Images Thomas Tuchel

If Lukaku and Werner are absent for longer than a month it could seriously hamper Chelsea’s title chances. But with a kind run of fixtures to come, the timing could not have been better, assuming it’s relatively brief. Before an away trip to Leicester in the Premier League on November 20, for which Tuchel will be very keen to have Lukaku back, Chelsea play Norwich and Burnley at home and Newcastle away, Southampton in the EFL Cup and the return game against Malmo in the Champions League. They should be confident of pulling clear without the injured pair.

It’s also creates much-needed opportunity for others. One of the greatest challenges for a manager of a top side in the modern era is maintaining harmony in squads bursting with talent. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unable to keep his players happy at Manchester United and even Pep Guardiola, the master of squad cohesion, is now struggling to balance rotation and continued success, with Raheem Sterling openly admitting his desire to leave.

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© Adam Davy Chelsea 's Andreas Christensen scores their first goal in the Champions League match against Malmo at Stamford Bridge, London, on Wednesday night. Photo: PA. Thomas Tuchel has insisted he has no regrets over starting Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner against Malmo, despite the Chelsea strike pair facing a spell on the sidelines. Lukaku suffered an ankle problem and Werner a hamstring injury to leave a cloud over Chelsea ’s facile 4-0 Champions League win over Malmo at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel has urged his fringe players to step up to the plate as injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner in the victory over Malmo look set to rob Chelsea of the strike duo. © PA Images Thomas Tuchel Romelu Lukaku Chelsea 2021 TEAMtalk1. Lukaku limped off in the 23rd minute before Werner was forced from the pitch one minute before half-time. The injuries did not hamper the Blues during the match as they strolled to a 4-0 triumph. Andreas Christensen opened the scoring in just the ninth minute – his first goal for the west Londoners.

Tuchel has managed his players well, bringing some in from the cold, doling out the odd slap on the wrist when necessary and generally working by the mantra that hard work and quality pays, no matter your price tag or reputation. But there are players – whether it’s because they haven’t quite bought in, are a level below their competition or are simply lacking confidence – who have found game time hard to come by. And now is their time to stake a claim for a spot in the starting line-up, or at least create genuine selection headaches for Tuchel when Lukaku and Werner return.

Kai Havertz will surely reprise his centre-forward role from the end of last season in place of Lukaku and needs to be more productive. The hope for Tuchel would have been that his Champions League-winning goal would be something of a springboard to his Chelsea career, but it’s all gone a bit flat again at the start of this season, with decent displays again not yielding the goals and assists of his time at Bayer Leverkusen.

Callum Hudson-Odoi started life under Tuchel as a right wing-back, but with Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta as competition, there’s no future for him there. Despite the huge amount of money spent on wide forwards and No.10s, his best bet for a more permanent role in the Blues side is in his natural position. It was only Malmo, but he was direct and decisive having replaced Werner on Wednesday. He’s a confidence player who’s yet to come close to the ceiling of his talent. Now perhaps he can.

Christian Pulisic has had a number of setbacks in his own recovery and his injury record is both frustrating for him and a concern for Chelsea, who are unable to rely on his enviable talent. Hakim Ziyech is fit but has come nowhere close to replicating his Ajax form. Tuchel has said he lacks “belief”, which is understandable given he’s started just one Premier League game this season. A peak Ziyech delivering crosses for Lukaku is a droolworthy thought and it may be worth pandering to a mope-prone footballer to unlock his undoubted ability.

Tuchel has been a success at Chelsea, not because of his incredibly talented group of forwards, but by carrying those forwards through his impeccable organisation of the team and the outstanding form of his defence and goalkeeper. And now, it’s payback time.

Personnel Problems at Chelsea: Tuchel continues without storm trio .
The FC Chelsea must continue to renounce Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic. Thomas Tuchel hopes that the trio is ready for use after the next country break. © Provided by 90min Romelu Lukaku continues to fall out | VisionHaus / GettyImages The reigning Champions League winner continues to convince sporty, but is staffing on the gums. Even at the away game in Newcastle, head coach Thomas Tuchel has to do without his striker Stars Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic.

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