Match winner Lukaku gets praise from coach Tuchel: “Players already…

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Romelu Lukaku immediately gave Chelsea a first win in the Champions League on Tuesday evening by scoring the only goal of the game against Zenit Saint Petersburg. For Big Rom, it was his first ever championship ball goal for the Blues. His coach was full of praise after the match. “We are incredibly happy to have him,” said Thomas Tuchel.

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There were some questions after his transfer from Inter to Chelsea. Would the bond with Thomas Tuchel be as close as with Antonio Conte, the man who made him blossom in Milan? Those questions can now go in the trash. The love for Big Rom is great. Also in London. “It’s hard to find strikers who score as smoothly as Lukaku,” Tuchel said after the 1-0 win against Zenit.

It was Big Rom’s fourth goal in as many games for Chelsea. “Even if he gets a little less balls, he continues to play with confidence. The other boys trust him. Just because he doesn’t get impatient and never lets his head hang. That is why he is with us. We needed a player like Romelu, on and off the pitch. In the dressing room he is very open and that creates a lot of energy. You can see that he loves this club and that is very important. I hope we can use it as often as possible this season. Players as decisive as him are rare.”

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