Many fans are surprised to see Romelu Lukaku benched in Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Lille.
Thomas Tuchel has explained why he made this decision.
“I felt he’s a little bit tired,” the boss told the club’s media team. “He looked a little exhausted and you have to consider that he’s played a lot.
“We’ve had extra time [in the Club World Cup final], a lot of travelling recently and it wasn’t easy for him against Palace, this wasn’t Lukaku’s best performance.
“So maybe it will be a little bit easier for Lukaku to come on from the bench tonight and turn things around if we need him.”