Tuchel: ‘Lukaku has a lot of things you need to be a captain’

Sun 19 September 2021 | 13:09

Thomas Tuchel is more impressed with what Romelu Lukaku is doing off the pitch rather than on the pitch, although, he has been able to score four goals through his first four games.

Romelu Lukaku

returned to


on a £97.5 million deal from Inter which is a club record and has been able to score four goals in his first four games. However, what has impressed

Thomas Tuchel

is what he is doing off the pitch.

"He's a very democratic communicator - he treats everybody with the same respect, the same attitude,”

Tuchel told

Sky Sports


"He is a highest-level competitor - he loves training, he has a smile on his face, he wants to win every single competition. This is good. He leads by example.”

Cesar Azpilicueta is the current captain and he has entered the final year of his contract. When Tuchel was asked whether Lukaku could become the captain, he replied:

"Yes, I think he could be. He has a lot of things you need to be a captain.

"But we have fantastic captains so no need to think about this now. He behaves like one and this is more important than to actually have the captain's band.”

Tuchel used to use Timo Werner through the middle or Kai Havertz as a false nine before Lukaku and he was even successful in leading his side to Champions League glory. However, Lukaku is now wearing Chelsea’s No. 9 and the head coach is adapting to get the best from him.

"I learn stuff off of him,"

said Tuchel.

"How he feels the game, where he wants to score, how he wants to assist, how he feels confident to hold the opponents off. So you adapt to your player.

"I'm very happy to see him so humble and so involved in the communication with everybody. We had a strong bond in the team last season - which was key to success - and we rely on the bond and atmosphere again.

"Romelu is a big part of that and a fantastic guy."

source: SportMob

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