Chelsea employer Thomas Tuchel insists he has no remorses over beginning Romelu Lukaku in their 4-0 win over Malmo, in spite of the striker getting an ankle injury.
Tuchel had actually alerted at his pre-match interview that Lukaku was being overplayed and was tired, however he began the Belgian up leading with Timo Werner for Wednesday night’s win regardless.
That returned to haunt Chelsea as the duo both hopped off hurt prior to half-time, however Tuchel states he does not be sorry for beginning the £100m male.
“If I knew before [that Lukaku would get injured] I wouldn’t have done it,” Tuchel stated, through football.london.
“But you can’t know it before and it was necessary that he was on the pitch and he started very strong. I spoke with him about the situation, that I think he carries a bit of mental fatigue around with him. I think that is also normal but he is our number nine and is our reference upfront.
“The finest thing versus psychological tiredness is an objective and we understood we might be the dominant group. We understood we wished to construct our attack today with Mason [Mount] and Timo around him and him as the referral.
“I had the strong belief that in a Champions League match he could turn things around in terms of scoring and being decisive, which he did because he was super strong in our start. He took the foul and without him maybe it’s not 2-0.
“So I do not regret it. It’s not a muscle injury or due to the fact that of physical tiredness. He is a bit overplayed, this is my viewpoint and possibly I’m not even ideal. But this was a minute to offer him self-confidence and let him play. I do not regret it, things like this can take place. It was bad luck.”
Tuchel confessed he does not yet have a timescale on when Lukaku and Werner will return from injury, however that they will definitely miss out on ‘some matches’.