Chelsea’s £97.5m summer signing is struggling with form and confidence, but club captain Azpilicueta has backed Lukaku to justify his record transfer price
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel ditched the £97.5m striker for Champions League The last 16 matches were drawn with Lille after Lukaku’s poor form.
Lukaku touches the ball just seven times in all 90 minutes in Crystal Palace last weekend and lost his place to Kai Havertz – and the Belgian star could now miss Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.
But Chelsea captain Azpilicueta believes Lukaku is good enough and has the personality to bounce back from his most recent defeat.
It has been a difficult season at Chelsea for Lukaku, who has struggled with form, fitness, lack of goals and upset the club by giving an interview in which he said he wanted to be back. angain please.
Azpilicueta said: “Yes, I have no doubt that Romelu will show his qualities to the team. He is having a difficult time.
“But we also can’t forget that he scored two goals in the Club World Cup, in the semi-finals and the final, so you know the class players, we go through tough times but we also can’t forget that he played a big role. in the Club World Cup.
“Of course, Romelu is the first to want to give more to the team.
“Every player has a problem when you can be at your best or not, but I have no doubt that Romelu is a very important player.
“The manager makes his decisions, which is the best for every game, so tonight he didn’t play but I know that now preparing for the final; Every player will have a chance and we have to show that we deserve to be there and then the manager will make the best decision for the team. ”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-news-lukaku-admission-azpilicueta-26312077 Romelu Lukaku's "difficult" Chelsea situation is assessed by Cesar Azpilicueta after Lille's strike