What Roman Abramovich thinks of Tuchel’s decision to leave out Lukaku for Liverpool game

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel left out Romelu Lukaku for the 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea’s failure to beat Liverpool on Sunday means the Blues are now ten points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Lukaku was axed from the entire first-team squad for Sunday’s 2-2 draw versus Liverpool for the interview he gave to Sky Sport Italia, that first aired last Thursday, in which he said he was unhappy under Tuchel.

Tuchel has treated the issue seriously and held talks with the striker on Monday evening alongside Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.

According to Daily Mail, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is in support of Tuchel’s stance on Lukaku after the Chelsea boss left the striker out of the Liverpool game and will back whatever decision the German takes on Lukaku.

While Lukaku is a popular member of the squad, there are players who feel the episode should not go formally unpunished by the club and it is understood the striker could still be disciplined by the club.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes Tuchel was right to leave out Lukaku for the game against Liverpool on Sunday.

Discussing Tuchel’s treatment of Lukaku on BBC’s Match of the Day, Shearer said: “I think he [Tuchel] has probably done the right thing.

“We don’t know what has been said behind closed doors, whether Romelu has spoken to the manager. If so, what has he said? Has he refused to apologise? Has he admitted what’s come out and it’s been taken out of context? Has he spoken to his team-mates?

“Managing a football club is difficult enough. It’s even harder in the current circumstances as a manager doesn’t know what’s happening from day to day because of Covid-19. He doesn’t know what players he’s got.

“To have that on top of that, another problem the manager has to deal with, he’s put his manager and his team-mates in a very, very difficult position which they didn’t need.”

“Whatever he thinks, he shouldn’t be talking to media outlets about it,” Shearer added.

“If he’s got an issue with the system, or his team-mates, or whoever that may be, or the football club, then go and tell the manager and your team-mates.

“You shouldn’t be telling a media outlet what your problem is and what your issues are.”

On Tuchel taking into consideration the opinion of his players before leaving out Lukaku, Shearer went on: “I get that, I understand that and I think that’s the right decision.”

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