CHELSEA manager Thomas Tuchel reacts as Antonio Conte reveals reason behind Romelu Lukaku's struggles

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel still insists Romelu Lukaku does not have a problem at Chelsea after Antonio Conte’s claim this week that the team have not ‘figured out how to use’ the Belgian striker.

Lukaku has scored four goals since his return to Stamford Bridge but has not found the net in his last four appearances.

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Chelsea also struggled in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City last weekend with Lukaku failing to register a shot on goal during the entire game.

The 28-year-old also had just one attempt on target during the 1-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League earlier this week.

Speaking about Lukaku’s struggles at Chelsea, Conte said: ‘I don’t think Chelsea have quite figured out how to use him yet.

‘He is a very specific striker. Bringing Lukaku into the box, he is dangerous. However, when he starts from midfield, he is incredibly quick.

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‘It is very difficult to find a player who is both a target man but can also run from midfield.’

When asked about Conte’s analysis, Tuchel replied: ‘He was obviously not on the telly after the Tottenham game.

‘I don’t feel offended, he has every right. He is in the TV studio. I even saw it while I was showering before the match in the hotel.

‘I saw him talking about us and I saw all the pictures between Romelu and our players from the Tottenham game. They were talking about the link-up play from Romelu, and how strong he is and how much he scored so they were praising him.

‘I can see it but it is not a Romelu Lukaku problem.

‘The other teams have changed their structure to close down Romelu but there are solutions to this. We are on it.’

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