Thomas Tuchel criticises Romelu Lukaku after Chelsea’s defeat to Man City

Thomas Tuchel says Romelu Lukaku ‘had many ball losses’ in Chelsea’s loss to Man City (Reuters)

Thomas Tuchel has criticised Romelu Lukaku’s performance in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side are now 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League as Kevin De Bruyne’s superb second-half strike secured the win at the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea registered just one shot on target during the game, while Lukaku cut an isolated figure for the majority of the match as he struggled to link up with Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic.

Tuchel slammed Chelsea’s attacking display after the match and pointed out that Lukaku had ‘many ball losses in very promising circumstances’.

‘I think we had eight or nine offensive transitions and we had zero touches in the box, that was a big problem today, offensive-wise, the front players, that was simply a lack of precision, a lack of timing, a lack of composure, you cannot think that you’ll get a lot of half chances, deliveries on a level like this,’ Tuchel told BT Sport.

‘We lost too many balls, too many balls too easily, that’s why we have a number like this, it was a big problem in our game today.’

Romelu Lukaku struggled to make an impact in Chelsea’s defeat to Man City (Reuters)

Asked if Lukaku was getting the service he needs, Tuchel replied: ‘Sometimes he needs to do the service. I think he’s included.

‘He had many ball losses without any pressure, many ball losses in very promising circumstances. He had a huge chance – so he’s included in this.

‘Of course we want to serve him but he’s part of the team and the performance up front, especially in the first half, we can do much, much better.

‘We need to do much better because we had a lot of transition chances in the first half already.’

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