Romelu Lukaku is far from a mere goalscorer and adds much more to Chelsea than just a clinical finish, said Thomas Tuchel.
The Belgian rocked three defenders to head his fourth goal in as many games for Chelsea as the Blues beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in their Champions League opener on Tuesday night.
Tuchel’s men started their Champions League defense with a relentless victory to open their Group H account, with £ 98million new signing Lukaku on the scoresheet.
While Lukaku’s finishing power tops his list of enviable attributes, Chelsea boss Tuchel also praised the 28-year-old’s down-to-earth approach.
“He was the type of player and profile that we missed,” said Tuchel.
“But he’s also super humble, he loves football, he loves training and he’s such a good communicator in the locker room.
“It’s always open to everyone and that creates a certain energy and an atmosphere that we’re proud of. This is what we believe in.
Lukaku’s drive to improve himself is underscored by his ability to speak at least seven different languages.
The Belgian striker has strived to improve his communication on and off the pitch, and his football has undoubtedly benefited from it.
Tuchel has been an immediate fan of how former Anderlecht prospect is faring, with Chelsea undefeated in the Premier League and now adding a win in Europe.
The Blues have capitalized on a burgeoning team spirit en route to winning last season’s Champions League under Tuchel, and the German boss is determined to keep that mood positive.
“The atmosphere and the spirit took us very far last year and we want to find it again,” said Tuchel.
“Romelu loves Chelsea and knows what this club is.
“It makes a real difference and, at the same time, there is no speech from a coach or any video in the world that can have the same impact on a player or a team as decisive goals.”
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