Tuchel gives reasons for not playing Lukaku against Lille

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.”

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