THOMAS TUCHEL was delighted by Romelu Lukaku’s display on his return against Tottenham.
Lukaku, 28, was recalled to the starting line-up after Tuchel accepted his apology for the drama he caused by his recent interview.
The German was confident Lukaku had the right mentality and attitude to perform and Tuchel felt he contributed in several areas.
He said after Chelsea’s 2-0 win: “I am happy with the performance, I liked how he played. He was strong, involved, strong and showed huge commitment in our defensive work which was important.
“He was always dangerous and used his body, was always involved in dangerous situations.
“I expected it honestly because Romelu can handle pressure and adversity.
“He seemed to be relaxed after the decision was made, after we finished our talks, and after he finished his talks.
“The decision was made and I felt him relaxed enough to have a performance like this.”
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Lukaku was taunted by the Spurs support for much of the game, with cries of “he’s Inter Milan, he’s Inter Milan” heard from the away end.
In response Lukaku shushed the away support after Ben Davies’ own goal doubled Chelsea’s lead.
Tuchel is keen to move on from the saga and promised to protect the Belgian.
He said ahead of the game: “We can listen to this interview 100 times and it will not make it better. He wants to be and we want him to be a key player. For now we move on.
“We accept it happened – and him too. Time to move on and protect Rom”.
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