‘I don’t know if to bench him or play him’ — Tuchel admits Lukaku is mentally tired

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Chelsea signed up Romelu Lukaku for £97.5m to bang in the goals, as the Blues lack of goals was a huge problem last season.

Lukaku started his Chelsea career in fine form as he scored four goals in his first five games for the club. Surprisingly, his goals have since dried up, and he hasn’t scored in his last six games for Chelsea.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that his main striker is mentally drained due to the amount of games he has played for club and country. Lukaku has featured in every Chelsea game since signing for the club, and Tuchel thinks he might need a break.

However, the German has admitted that he’s confused as to whether to rest Lukaku or not as he is unsure if resting him would work, as sometimes players of his calibre need the run of games to get back to form.

When asked about Lukaku’s recent lack of goals, Tuchel replied: “This will increase every day because we are in the process of adapting to each other.

“I think in the very moment, it’s my opinion, I feel Romelu is a bit like overplayed. I think he played too many competitions over the summer, too many competitions with the national team, now he played the Nations League.

“You know he is a fantastic athlete and such a competitive guy that he digs in deep and he wants to win these things, he never takes them easy and dodges games. He wants to be out there and win.

“So I know how much he wanted to have a good outcome for the European Championship with Belgium and now again in the Nations League. This was a huge match for him personally, it meant a lot to him, it means a lot to him to play for his country, so he takes it really seriously.

“If that does not work well, he always puts it on his shoulders, he thinks about it, he reflects about it and I feel him a bit tired, mentally tired. Not like hugely that we have a concern, but for me he does not fully enjoy without having second thoughts and third thoughts.

“For me he’s overplayed a little bit and this is the key point. And he will find his rhythm and find things a bit easier. But it’s difficult to judge if he really needs a break or is it better to keep him on the pitch?”

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