Chelsea failed to score a single shot on target during the first half of their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday and Thomas Tuchel is not happy with Bromelo Lukaku
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Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel questioned Romelu Lukaku’s performance after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.
A stunning kick from Kevin De Bruyne was enough to give the Premier League champions all three points at the Etihad on Saturday.
Lukaku had the afternoon to forget, missing a golden opportunity to give Chelsea the lead in the early stages of the second half.
The Belgian also struggled to catch the ball to engage fellow strikers Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech.
Chelsea failed with a single shot in the first half, the first time this has happened in the Premier League since their 3-0 defeat to Newcastle in May 2018.
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Speaking after the match, Tuchel was not happy with his £97.5m summer signing from Inter Milan.
“He lost a lot of the ball without any pressure and he lost a lot of the ball in very promising conditions,” the German coach told reporters.
“He had a great chance. We want to serve him, but he’s part of the team, and by performing up front, especially in the first half, we can do much better.”
Lukaku, who was recently forced to apologize after telling Italian reporters he was “unhappy” at Stamford Bridge, has only five goals in the Premier League this season.
“Given the circumstances, if you look at our five players and the number of players we’ve lost, I’m happy with the performance, defensively,” Tuchel told BBC Sport.
“In the second half we created rebounds. We had one big chance to go forward. We lost a tight match, which can happen.
“It was all about individual quality, and we lacked quality up front if I’m honest.
“You have to wait for the momentum. We had the same chances in the first half, but out of eight or nine transitional options, we didn’t have any touches in the box.
“The quality, the deliveries and the composure were not at all at the top today. You need a higher level to get half the chances and chances, and that’s what we missed in the first half.
“Our attacking players need to show more. We need consistency. Chelsea is not a place to hide.”
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Chelsea are now 13 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race and may need to focus on cup competitions if they are to win trophies this season.
Liverpool can jump the Blues to second place with a win over Brentford at Anfield on Sunday.
When asked about his title hopes by BBC Sport, Tuchel said: “It’s about commitment. We can make sure we try.
“If City win 12 games in a row and we have injuries and Covid, it’s not the best time to cut the gap. The difference is big because they deal better with Covid and better with injuries.”
Tuchel also told BT Sport: “It’s not my question to answer. We won’t give up, but if City keep winning every game, no one will be able to catch them.”