Romelu Lukaku has turned Chelsea into genuine title contenders

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The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg believes Romelu Lukaku has turned Chelsea into genuine title content following his performance in the 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

“There was a sense of inevitability about the way it ended, even though Aston Villa never stopped trying to grab the goal their performance deserved,” writes Jacob Steinberg for the Guardian.

“Everybody inside Stamford Bridge knew what to expect when Cesar Azpilicueta charged down Chelsea’s right flank in stoppage time and slipped a pass inside to Romelu Lukaku, who only had one thing on his mind when he received the ball on the edge of the area.

“If the footwork from Lukaku was impressive, the strike was even better: a rising, snorting, left-footed screamer that left Villa’s goalkeeper, Jed Steer, hopelessly grasping at thin air.

“It was a masterful piece of forward play from one of the deadliest strikers in the world and, as the ball soared into the net, it was not hard to see why Chelsea made prising the Belgian away from Internazionale their top priority during the summer.

“After all this was the kind of game that Thomas Tuchel’s side made a habit of bungling last season.

“Three-nil was extremely harsh on Villa, who made all of the running during the first half. It was simply their misfortune to run into a rampant Lukaku, whose hunger for goals has given Chelsea the look of genuine title contenders.”

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