THOMAS TUCHEL is on a well-worn path as the last beleaguered Chelsea boss in the face of a fickle superstar.
Romelu Lukaku’s explosion at being unhappy with the club is just the latest chapter in a string of strikers who seem unable to settle down.
Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata offered goals and some sexy football, but failed to make the most of themselves playing for one of the hottest football clubs.
It’s like there’s a bad luck in leading the Chelsea forward line when it should be one of the best jobs in the world.
Boss Tuchel must find a way out of his ruck with Lukaku.
The couple must find a compromise to prevent a one-off incident from becoming a festering wound in the locker room.
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has failed with Costa and Morata.
Both players were on their bikes in quick, low-cost sales that hemorrhaged money.
But there is a firm belief within Stamford Bridge that Tuchel will resolve the fallout with Lukaku due to his expert communication skills.
Where Conte Fuel has cursed, criticized, and unilaterally sent inflammatory text messages to choose fights with wayward players, Tuchel will be honest and outspoken but just as diplomatic.
The experience of dealing with Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund will bode well.
Brazilian prima donna Neymar was caught in the same situation that Lukaku is now.
Reports that he wanted to leave PSG bit him in the back with backlash from fans.
Likewise, Lukaku feels the warmth of Chelsea supporters who feel disappointed, disappointed and betrayed by the Belgian who said he had “come home” by signing for a club record of 97.5million. pounds sterling this summer.
Tuchel bluntly attacked Neymar in a meeting, telling his unstable star that in life “sometimes you have to face the truth and face the consequences”.
The German then pleaded the player’s case, insisting that “Neymar has a good heart, it is sometimes difficult to see from the outside”.
Pampered stars often don’t like the harsh reality, but with Tuchel, they’ll get it regardless of their pay level.
It was the same situation with Aubameyang in the Bundesliga but with a different tactic.
Tuchel tolerated the Gabonese striker’s poor timing as he was going to score incredible goals.
Lukaku, 28, will get a bit of both from his current manager.
Chelsea’s most expensive player has scored just five Prem goals so far.
Even taking into account the injuries and the Covid, this is a bad comeback.
Speaking on Italian TV without the club knowing about wanting to return to Inter Milan just months after telling Chelsea fans “I’ve been supporting this team since I was a kid and to be back is an incredible feeling” is a disaster diplomacy.
Tuchel will not play the stalemate as it would disrespect the fans.
But he’ll ask them to give Lukaku a second chance.
The 48-year-old boss is smart enough to forget about this argument in a second.
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He has support from above at Stamford Bridge at the moment, but keeping Lukaku out of the squad for the long haul damages the player’s brand and resale value.
Tuchel doesn’t make an ego, not even his own – which is why he had no idea that five of his team were nominated for last year’s Ballon d’Or.
Despite being honored as UEFA’s Coach of the Year, Tuchel has no idea where the trophy is actually located.
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