Thomas Tuchel breaks silence of the idea that Romelu Lukaku makes Chelsea title favorites

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Thomas Tuchel breaks silence of the idea that Romelu Lukaku makes Chelsea title favorites

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel dropped hints his side are Premier League title favorites following the club-record capture of Romelu Lukaku.

Belgium striker Lukaku, who will not be ready for Saturday’s season opener against Crystal Palace, made a headline-grabbing return to Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening, costing a reported £97.5million from Inter Milan.

The Blues were surprise Champions League champions last term after selecting Tuchel as a replacement for the fired Frank Lampard in January but only scraped a fourth-placed league finish – 19 points adrift of champions Manchester City.

While former Paris St Germain coach Tuchel is thrilled to have landed one of his main summer transfer targets, he maintains Chelsea still have meaningful work to do to close the gap to their rivals.

“We’re happy to have Romelu back in the club; we think in terms of personality, speed, power, he can be hopefully an excellent choice for us,” said the German.

“He has the power, the physique to help us, he has the experience, the personality to have a huge impact. He is at the same time a humble guy, and a true team player player and he cares about Chelsea.”


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Speaking about expectations, he added: “Everybody who can read saw that we came fourth and we needed some help on the last match day from our rivals to arrive in fourth place and make it in the end a successful season.

“When you come fourth, you are not the favourites in the next season, we have some gaps to close.

“We let Liverpool pass us in the last match and we have a big gap to close to Manchester United and Manchester City. When I see the transfer market and the activity from City and United, I don’t see why they should be any worse than last season.

“We see ourselves as hunters, as challengers for the three teams that landed in front of us.”

Tuchel hailed the player’s decision to come back to west London.

“He is super hungry. He did everything to take this little chance to make it happen because with Inter he was a huge player, with all the responsibility on his shoulders and with a big title (Serie A) in the last season,” he said.

“It was actually very important to us that his desire to rejoin Chelsea and to finish his project and story at Chelsea in the way he wanted to for himself.

“We have a strong group that is defined with a strong bond and with a certain attitude to be ready to help each other out and to support each other.

“We think that Romelu coming from the academy and having always Chelsea in his heart is the perfect addition to our group because he embodies all that we are proud of in this club.”

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Thomas Tuchel breaks silence of the idea that Romelu Lukaku makes Chelsea title favorites

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