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We all agree (or most of us) that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was right to drop Romelu Lukaku for the heavyweight Premier League clash against Liverpool. I mean, the Belgian was reckless with his words in that interview with Sky Italia, and it was a disrespect to the club who invested so much in him and the fans who have supported his second coming.
That aside, we’d all also agree (or most of us) on technical grounds that the thrilling 2-2 draw against Liverpool begged for a striker like Lukaku. The game was built for the Belgian, as the Liverpool defence didn’t seem to be at its best, and Chelsea got into many good crossing positions, but there was no aerial threat in a Blue jersey at all times.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has said that Lukaku may have to apologise to his teammates and fans in order to get back into the team, and he also revealed that the Belgian must have suffered while watching the game on TV, knowing that he could have been of help to the team.
Gary Neville said: “If I was a Chelsea fan today, or a Chelsea coach or owner, I’d feel really disappointed by my player saying that, particularly when you’ve invested so much in him.
“What I would expect of Romelu Lukaku in the next few days is a ‘sorry, I didn’t mean it’.
“The best anyone can hope for now is more truth. ‘Look, I said the words I said, maybe I should have held them to myself but they were the truth. However, I will commit to my team-mates, I am sorry I caused the problems that I have caused to my team-mates in the build-up to a big game’. That’s the thing he has to apologise for.
“So the best he can do is ask for forgiveness in the dressing room with his team-mates.
“Players ordinarily forgive each other, they’ve all been in situations where they’ve made mistakes and you say ‘right, okay coach, he can come back in’.
“I think Romelu Lukaku will have been watching that game, suffering a little bit I think, knowing he would want to be out there with his team-mates.”