“He can handle pressure” – Thomas Tuchel hails Chelsea player after Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted after Chelsea’s 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night that he was absolutely happy with Romelu Lukaku’s performance.

Lukaku played 90 minutes against Tottenham just three days after being left out of the squad for the Liverpool clash due to his controversial interview with Sky Italia.

“I was absolutely happy. I am pretty sure that he was not affected by it, I see him on a daily basis,” Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports about Romelu Lukaku’s first game after the controversial interview.

“Yesterday and today he seemed to be relaxed, he seemed to be fine with the situation, and also mentally moved on.

“Romelu can handle pressure, he can handle adversity, and it was a good performance. He contributed a lot to our defensive set-up and created and had some chances. So (it was a) good game.”

Tuchel was also happy with the performance of Saul Niguez against Tottenham Hotspur.

“Yeah he is, he is,” replied Tuchel to if Saul is showing that he’s starting to settle to life in the capital.

“He is happier and freer in training, I see it every day. He played better when he came on against Wolverhampton, he already had a good impact so he is stepping up and stepping out.

“I was so happy when I saw him on the sideline for the second goal in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool, he was totally committed and it was very impressive to see him like this.

“So, it is an important moment for him and I have the feeling he digested the experiences in the beginning where maybe he didn’t expect it like this. He is not the first player to struggle from the switch, what he does is good because he is open and fully focussed, totally committed to the team.

“So I am very happy with his performance. Today was a huge step for him.”

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