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Lukaku’s critical comments ‘not intentional’, says Chelsea boss Tuchel

The Belgium
international, 28, was left out against Liverpool at the weekend after telling
Sky Italy that he was not happy with the “situation” at Chelsea and
would like to return to Italy some time in the future.

“We
have given it time to look calmly back on. He apologised and is back in the
squad for today’s training,” Tuchel told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s
League Cup semi-final first leg at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

“For
me, the most important thing was to understand – and clearly understand – it
was not intentional. He did not do this intentionally to create this kind of
noise in front of a big game.”

Lukaku
signed for Chelsea from Inter Milan in the close season for a club-record fee
of 97.5 million pounds ($131.83 million).

“He is
an emotional guy, he does not hold back with his opinion. It created some noise
that you don’t want but there are zero doubts in his commitment to the
team,” Tuchel added.

Fearing a
backlash from fans over Lukaku’s remarks, Tuchel said it was the player’s
responsibility to “clean the mess up”, but added that the club would
look after him.

“Well,
he’s very aware of what happened and what he created, but he can handle it…
we are happy that he is our player and we will protect him. If someone strongly
disagrees, this is about the team with everything we do,” said the German.

Centre back
Trevoh Chalobah will miss the game against Spurs after picking up a hamstring
injury on Sunday, while fellow defender Andreas Christensen and forward Timo
Werner are both doubts.

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