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Thomas Tuchel finding Romelu Lukaku 'difficult to manage' thanks to 'superstar personality'


Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is reportedly continuing to struggle with Romelu Lukaku this season following the Belgian's ÂŁ103 million move from Inter Milan in the summer.

Lukaku came back to Stamford Bridge in the summer, and netted on his returning debut against Arsenal, but has struggled for goals since. At the time of writing, the 28-year-old has just 5 Premier League goals to his name, and 12 in total in 34 appearances for the Blues.

Of course, that interview did him no favours, and Tuchel has rarely played to Lukaku's strengths, leaving him cutting an increasingly frustrated figure at Stamford Bridge.

And, as per Goal, the disconnect runs deeper. Nizaar Kinsella reveals that, of the Chelsea squad, it is Lukaku that Tuchel struggles to keep a handle on the most, owing to his 'superstar attitude'.

'There are few individuals who act aggressively, even though Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho are known to bring an edge to training sessions, and it is arguably just Romelu Lukaku who carries himself with the personality of a footballing superstar', the Chelsea correspondent reports.

'For that reason, Tuchel has found the Belgian somewhat difficult to manage', he added.

Chelsea find a way

Amid the controversy off the pitch and at times on it, Chelsea have still managed to find a way, which Thomas Tuchel must take a lot of credit for.

The Blues find themselves in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the quarter-finals of the Champions League, having already added the club world cup and the European Super Cup to their trophy cabinet, while they are also seemingly assured of Champions League football next season.

While their issues off the pitch persist, on the pitch the Blues have been excellent.

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