Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has opened up about the high intensity that he and all other Blues players endure during a normal Thomas Tuchel training session.
Lukaku, 28, re-signed for the club in a record-breaking £98million deal from Inter Milan in the summer transfer window that has just passed by.
Since his arrival, Chelsea’s goal problems seem to have been solved as swiftly as a magic trick.
The Belgian record-breaking international has hit the ground running under the stewardship of manager Tuchel, scoring 15 minutes into his debut against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium but more importantly helping the players around him.
Kai Havertz and Mason Mount now how a focal point to help elevate their game to a new level, and this was shown with the performance and goal of the former against Liverpool before the international break.
Lukaku and his new manager already look like they have a blossoming relationship and Chelsea’s new No. 9 has now opened up on Tuchel’s training regimes that have physically pushed him to his limits.
“The first two training sessions, that intensity was so high that the first two or three days I had a bit of a scare,” Lukaku said to HLN via Sky Sports. “But two days before the match we had a training session where I scored two goals and I thought ‘yes’.
“The team is looking good, the coach is looking good, I love the system that we play because it’s the same system as here [with Belgium], only the emphasis is different. For me it’s fantastic because I play in a team that dominates.”
As a result of these rigorous training sessions coupled with the abundance of games that Serie A’s MVP winner has to play, it isn’t a surprise to hear that he is a doubt ahead of the Premier League return against Aston Villa on September 11.
After reaching the landmark of scoring his 67th Belgium goal in his 100th cap for Roberto Martinez’s sides 3-0 win over the Czech Republic on Sunday night, he revealed to a Belgian TV station: “I’ll have a scan of my thigh first- I am struggling with a minor issue for a while. And then I will return to Chelsea.”
Tuchel will certainly be hoping that his talisman will be available for the upcoming weekend, especially given the verdict he delivered after Lukaku’s great second debut for the club against London rivals Arsenal in August.
He said in his post-match Arsenal press conference: “I certainly think that nobody likes to play against him. Everybody is aware of his physicality but there is also his link-up play.
“His profile is something we didn’t have but he has some depth in his game and we can overcome pressing with long balls.
“We can play into him when he has defenders on his back and we still don’t lose our strength in counter attack because he can run into open spaces.
“He is very smart, friendly and open so it was easy for him to connect with everybody. We need to work on the details and keep going. It’s day one for him and we need to keep going.”
Source by Football London