Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel spoke to the media ahead of the Liverpool game, most of the questions put to the boss were about Romelu Lukaku’s comments that came to light last night.
Thomas Tuchelupset at Lukaku comments, the Chelsea boss admits he is unhappy at Chelsea striker’s comments, adding they are ‘not helpful’
Belgian international Romelu Lukaku told Sky in Italy earlier this month he was “not very happy” with his situation at Chelsea and complained of Thomas Tuchel’s decision to play a “different formation”; the interview was released on Thursday, with Chelsea facing Liverpool in a mouthwatering clash on Sunday.
Romelu Lukaku joined Chelsea in a club-record transfer in the summer and granted an interview to Sky in Italy in which he said he was “not very happy with the situation” at Stamford Bridge, and complained of Thomas Tuchel’s decision to play “a different formation” and Thomas Tuchel upset at Lukaku comments.
Thomas Tuchel upset at Lukaku comments, here is the response…
‘We don’t like it because it brings noise we don’t need and it’s not helpful,’ said Tuchel.
‘On the other side, we don’t want to make more out of it than it is. It’s very easy to take lines out of context, to shorten lines and make headlines, and later realise it’s not so bad and maybe not what he meant.
‘But to be honest I don’t like it because it’s the noise we don’t need. We need a calm environment and focus and it does not help.’
The Chelsea boss was also asked about his perceived unhappiness. He responded with this statement:
No, not at all. I don’t feel him unhappy. I feel the exact opposite. If you asked me yesterday morning I would say I feel the exact opposite, which is why it’s a surprise, but I’m the wrong person to ask.
‘We will [discuss it], and we will do it behind closed doors and we will do it openly like the relationship is and has always been.
‘It’s not necessary for the dressing room to always be in harmony to be successful,’ added Tuchel. ‘You don’t have to hug each other, love each other every single day. Sometimes it’s good to be on the edge.
‘With Romelu, I don’t think anybody in this building is aware he is unhappy. That’s what makes us very surprised. So first of all we need to check. I can see no reason why it should be like this. I will wait to see what Romelu says and then we will deal with it.’
Tuchel acknowledged the squad were “bittered” to drop yet more points, he dismissed any suggestion that Lukaku’s words could cause problems within the dressing room.
“The dressing room is not necessary to be always in harmony,” he said. “It’s absolutely not necessary to be successful.
“You don’t have to hug each other, love each other every single day. Sometimes it’s good to be on the edge and be a bit in disharmony, in between certain boundaries.
Lukaku also mentioned in his interview a return to Inter Milan, where he spent two years and won the Serie A before joining Chelsea for £97.5 million.
The 28-year-old expressed regret to Inter fans for the manner in which he departed the club and expressed his wish to rejoin Inter while still playing at a “high enough level.”
Tuchel, on the other hand, dismissed any suggestion that Lukaku could desire to return to San Siro quickly, saying: “This is how you interpret it. I didn’t read it all the way through.
“To get the most out of these interviews over multiple days, it’s really easy to pull phrases out of context and make headlines.
“It does not reflect the daily work, attitude and behaviour which Romelu Lukaku shows here.”