“Clearly lacks some games” – Thomas Tuchel reacts to his two strikers returning from injury | OneFootball

“Clearly lacks some games” – Thomas Tuchel reacts to his two strikers returning from injury

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Both Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku returned to the pitch for Chelsea last night after some significant time out with injury.

Werner had already had some cameo minutes on as a sub after his injury, but Lukaku stepped back out on the pitch for Chelsea against Manchester United for the last 9 minutes of the game in an attempt to try and effect things.

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Both players could not do anything to help Chelsea win the match, and Tuchel has since admitted that the pair may not be fully at it again yet, especially Lukaku, who he even admits played too much for what he wanted him to play even though it was only 9 minutes.

Werner was poor in front of goal and missed chances, and Tuchel admits that he ‘clearly lacks some games’ after the match via the Chelsea website.

As for Lukaku, if he didn’t even want him to play in the last 10 minutes, why is he on the bench?

“I think that we still see that Timo hasn’t played for a long time,” Tuchel said.

“So can we expect that he is on his absolute peak? No, we cannot. So it’s always a bit of what can we expect in this moment.

“He looked very sharp in training, scored many goals in the last two training sessions. That’s why I went with my gut and put him on the pitch and hoped that he could maybe hurt the two central defenders.

“It was a decision for Timo because he looked really sharp and had the goal against Juventus so we thought maybe he could be decisive or the big threat in the middle. It wasn’t easy for him today and you could see that he clearly lacks some games and from here we go.

“If Romelu’s fully fit he’s a starter for us but he’s not in the moment. It was more than I actually wanted to use him but the game was so close to the opponent’s goal that we thought he could help with this, pushing, maybe one last touch. We were lacking a bit of a threat in the middle of the goal.”

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