The newly signed striker is not ready to play this weekend, but should be on the field next Sunday
Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Romelu Lukaku is ready to play in Chelsea’s second Premier League match of the season against Arsenal.
Chelsea’s record £ 98m ($ 136m) at Inter remains in quarantine and he will miss the club’s first Premier League match of the season against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Lukaku will start training with the Blues on Monday in preparation for next Sunday’s game against Mikel Arteta’s team, when he starts his second season with the Blues.
What did Tuchel say?
“Romulu is still in quarantine and following the protocols,” Tuchel told Cobham Training Center reporters. ‘He will do the whole training session with us next Monday and play against Arsenal. That’s the plan.
We always try to do it as fast as possible, and the sooner, the better.
“But the sooner, the better, because every game counts and we are happy.”
Tuchel touches on Drogba equations
Although Lukaku is different, he is often compared to Chelsea’s legendary striker Didier Drogba.
Tuchel thinks Lukaku is someone, like Drogba, who can embody what it means to be a powerful central striker at Stamford Bridge.
“Before I joined the club and had the chance to be a part of it, I thought of personalities in front of a certain category of goal scorers like Didier Drogba, like Diego Costa, who stands for me Chelsea and what Chelsea stands for,” added Tuchel.
“In Mason [Mount]there are, of course, many comparisons to Frank Lampard and his style of play in the way he grew up and how he interprets his play.
‘I hope they click together, we should see it; from next monday we are working on it and hopefully they can be with our other guys, the guys our fans really want to see on the field and can form a certain profile of Chelsea Football Club.
‘He will take the weight off our younger strikers, our younger players around him, off the shoulders, and I think it’s a big part of the story that he does not walk away and also make life easier for players in the area. .
‘I think these players like Christian [Pulisic], like Kai [Havertz], like Timo [Werner], they will benefit from him. ”