Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted the club-record signing of Romelu Lukaku has put more pressure on him to deliver success at Chelsea.
“There were not many names but one of the absolute top solutions was Romelu,” Tuchel said on Chelsea’s search for a striker this summer.
“We tried and we tried hard. We could feel he tried hard and we reached a point that is very important but has maybe not been mentioned: how much does the player want to play for Chelsea?
“How much of the story does he want to write at this club? Is this the next step on his way? Or is it like, ‘yes, I would love to but I am happy where I am’. Or is it, ‘yes, this comes at the right moment and I will actually walk to you’. And this is what Romelu absolutely transmitted to us.
“Does this [Lukaku’s signing] add the pressure on me, personally? Yes, but I don’t feel it. I am also not hiding from it. Of course not, because we try to make the squad better and to be better is to be at the same level as last season but consistently, over a longer period.
“This is what I demand of myself and it does not work without quality. We are not doing magic on the sidelines. We try to bring out the best from players and from the team and these two things we try to bring together.
“But, in the end, we can only push for things that people have and Romelu brings something to the squad on which we are absolutely aware and convinced by.
“So, at the moment, it is more fun than pressure. It looks like the perfect fit and it’s our job of course to bring out the best of this group.”