Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has sounded a note of warning to their Belgian Striker Romelu Lukaku ahead of their Brighton game.
After an unauthorized sky sports Italia interview, the 28-year-old striker has recently been a subject of controversy.
The striker claimed to be unhappy at Chelsea and looked forward to returning to Italy.
Lukaku, who is yet to hit the ground running, had an abysmal show in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City at the weekend.
Thomas Tuchel was not in the mood to shield his players as he ripped into Lukaku for losing so many possessions and having less control of the ball inauspicious circumstances.
Tuchel added that he expects him to do better, as he had a massive chance during the City game; “We want to serve him, but he is part of the team, and the performance upfront, particularly in the first half, we can do much, much better.”
Thomas Tuchel on Lukaku
In his latest press conference ahead of the visit to the ‘seagulls’, the German noted that Big Rom needs to do more for the team.
Tuchel said the team is doing everything to help him because he is a key player, and there will always be pressure but not more than he puts on himself to perform.
Tuchel, who picked up the FIFA’s coach of the year hours later, was asked whether change is required to get Lukaku firing?
“I think it’s the wrong question because it’s focusing on one player,” he said.
However, he noted that Rom is a crucial player and wants him to be a key player, but thinks it is the wrong approach as they will do for any player.
Tuchel said, “This is a team sport, and it’s not about ten players serving one player. It is not Chelsea, and it is not football. Every player is there to serve the team. This is the highest principle and won’t change.”
The Chelsea manager was also asked if he expects more from the club-record £98 million signing?
Romelu Lukaku helped his former side Inter Milan win the Scudetto last season before making a record-breaking return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
The frontman has since apologized about the interview and claimed he was ‘misinterpreted’ while Tuchel said he would be dealt with in-house.
Chelsea would hope to return to winning ways after a drastic drop in form since December has seen them drop to 13 points behind the runaway leaders Manchester City.