Stop bragging, former Chelsea defender tells Conte

Former Chelsea defender Frank Lebeouf has told former Blues boss Antonio Conte to stop bragging after his recent statement about Romelu Lukaku.

Following Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus on Wednesday, Conte said after the game that Chelsea were using Lukaku wrongly.

It was Conte who was hailed for the way he transformed Lukaku into being one of the best strikers in the world after scoring 65 goals in 94 games for the Serie A giants.

Lebeouf however believes Conte was bragging with his statement and it shouldn’t be so.

“He was wrong to say it,” Leboeuf told ESPN FC. ‘He was in a way bragging for me. It is bragging.

“He’s saying, ‘I did well, I was able to put Romelu Lukaku at his best,’ which is right, which is completely right and he did very well.

“But he’s saying, if you read between the lines, Tuchel doesn’t.

“And as a former coach of Chelsea, you should take a step back at some point and stop bragging.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel didn’t seem offended by Conte’s statement but rather saw reason with the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss.

Tuchel said: “He [Conte] 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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