Chelsea fresh from Sunday’s frustrating clash with the Red devils with little time to fix them and little time for players to recover from injuries sure put pressure on the German head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Romelu Lukaku came on in the 82nd minutes and was able to surpass Tuchel’s expectation while Kai Havertz didn’t make it off the bench as he recovers from his hamstring injury that saw him missed 4-0 win over Juventus.
A huge task for Tuchel as the blues take a trip to vicarage for Wednesday’s encounter against EPL rival Watford. Speaking concerning Lukaku’s fitness the Chelsea boss said:
“”I think that we still see he hasn’t played for a long time so can we expect that he is on the absolute peak? No, we cannot. It’s what we expect at this moment… it is not easy for him today and you can see he lacks some games and from here we go.”
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It seems Lukaku still has further to go, however.
“If he is fully fit he is a starter for us but he is not at the moment,” added Tuchel. “It was more [Lukaku’s time on the pitch against Man United] than I actually wanted but we were so close to the opponent’s goal. I thought maybe he could help with his presence.”
Havertz could arguably either be deemed the freshest of the three or also looking to get back to match fitness after he was not involved at Stamford Bridge on Sunday