Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel believes Romelu Lukaku is ‘mentally tired’
Romelu Lukaku is ‘mentally tired and overplayed’, admits Thomas Tuchel, as Chelsea team-mates Mason Mount and Jorginho also suffer… as the Blues boss seeks a solution to his £97m forward after a six-game drought
Thomas Tuchel believes Romelu Lukaku is ‘mentally tired’ as the Chelsea boss claims his star striker has been ‘overplayed’ amid his goal drought for the Blues.
The Belgian has reached a slight plateau in recent weeks with no goals in six Premier League appearances for the Blues.
Still, Tuchel says his £98million man is suffering from a heavy workload after he led the way for Belgium in last summer’s Euro 2020 campaign.
‘We are adjusting to each other. At the moment I feel like Romelu has been overplayed, I think he played too many games last summer, too many games with the national team and now the Nations League,” he said ahead of their European draw with Malmö.
“He’s a fantastic athlete and such a competitive man, he digs deep, he wants to win these things, he wants to be there and win.
“He wanted a good result with Belgium, this was a big game for him personally, it means a lot to him to play for his country.
“He always put it on his shoulders, but I feel like he’s a bit tired mentally, he’s not enjoying it to the fullest without reservations.
“For me, he’s overplayed, but once he finds his rhythm and finds it a little easier… but it’s hard to judge if he really needs a break or if we should keep him on the pitch.”
Tuchel added that his players’ busy schedule has played a part in their lack of freshness on the pitch, but he has told his stars to take up the challenge for them.
“I think we’re missing a bit of form, a bit of enthusiasm in the last percent and a big reason is because we play too much, not us as a club but the players. I’m a great friend of quality not quantity.” added.
“This is the situation right now and what we are facing, but this is nothing new and the next international break is coming and will not change. On the contrary, we will have other competitions in January and February and it may look a bit more difficult than it should be, but remember that we are talking about the Premier League, the toughest competition in the world.
“There’s no shame in having a tight game at Brentford, and there’s absolutely no shame in needing a late winner against Southampton. It is what it is, it is very important that we are not ashamed and not too critical of ourselves.
“We wanted to be a team that nobody likes to play against and we are well on our way.”