Can Chelsea press with Lukaku in attack? Read what Tuchel thinks

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The Chelsea team Thomas Tuchel lined up against Manchester City on Saturday didn’t look like they could press high up with Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea seemed lackadaisical in their pressing against Pep Guardiola’s side, as City dominated the game.

Some have doubted if Thomas Tuchel can continue his high pressing game with Lukaku upfront.

The Chelsea manager told the media that his side can still press from high up the pitch despite the presence of Lukaku.

Tuchel said: “Yes, because it’s a normal thing, because you always adapt to the players you have with their strengths and weaknesses.

“Of course we analysed also and I know why you’re asking because we were too passive against Manchester City.

“The defensive choices, the defensive plan, in my responsibility, maybe also led to this passive behaviour. That was not the plan, but it led obviously to it.

“But it does not feel good when you become so passive and so deep. The choice of the system maybe led to this behaviour, so we are all in this.

“We’ve already shown we can play a high-pressing game and have high ball-recoveries with Romelu.

“It’s a very complex game where we have to be in all the spaces, but the best way to defend is having the ball and then to counter-press without the ball.”

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