Chelsea news: Romelu Lukaku struggles explained as Blues take control of Lille . draw

Chelsea took control of their Champions League draw with Lille with a 2-0 win, while Fabio Capello explained why Romelu Lukaku has struggled to return to the club

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Fabio Capello tries to explain the reason for Romelu Lukaku’s struggles since return Premier League.

Lukaku returned to Stamford Bridge last summer when the Blues spent a record £97.5m on the Belgium international.

But his return is far from smooth sailing, with the striker setting an unwanted Premier League record of touching the ball just seven times over Crystal Palace over the weekend – something that piqued the interest of the former England manager.

It happened when the Blues were in charge of Champions League last 16 draw with Lille as they won 2-0, which included an emotional tribute to Jamal Edwards MBE following his tragic death earlier this week.

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Chelsea won 2-0 in the Champions League against Lille to take control of their last 16 Champions League tie.

Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic have shed light on Romelu Lukaku’s lack of leadership in the Blues’ attack, with both players on the scoresheet.

It was also N’Golo Kante’s impressive performance in the heart of Chelsea’s midfield.

The game was packed with action and Mirror Football covered all the highlights from the game at Stamford Bridge.

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Fans pay special tribute

Chelsea fans have paid a special tribute to lifelong fan Jamal Edwards, who tragically passed away earlier this week.

Founder of online music and culture platform SB.TV, and son of By ITV Brenda Edwards, panelist for Loose Women, has passed away after a short illness.

And Chelsea paid tribute to the 31-year-old during their Champions League clash with Lille on Tuesday night as fans gave a round of applause in the 31st minute of the game.

Fans also chanted Chelsea fans’ names to pay tribute to the emotional businessman.

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Lukaku’s struggles explained

Fabio Capello has explained exactly why Romelu Lukaku has struggled to make so much impact on the pitch following his return to the Premier League.

Lukaku was one of the best players in Italy last season when he led Inter to the Serie A title, but did not have the same success when he returned to Chelsea.

However, speaking on Italian TV, Capello explained how Thomas Tuchel’s team’s tactical setup, coupled with the physicality of the Premier League, have caused Lukaku problems this season.

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