Finally, Chelsea supporters will undoubtedly exclaim, “Finally!” After 424 minutes, or four games, of silence on the Premier League’s grass, Romelu Lukaku returned to form by scoring a crucial goal in Sunday’s match against Aston Villa (victory 1-3).
The Belgian international has been out of action for a month due to an ankle ailment. However, following a promising start to the season – three goals in as many games – Romelu Lukaku has run out of steam since his November return to the field. The COVID-19 then eliminated the Blues striker from the Premier League for the second time. Prior to his healthy return on Sunday, “We took numerous risks.” Nevertheless, his participation in this match appeared far from certain. Chelsea needed to reclaim victory in the difficult first half at Villa Park, though, in order to stay in the title chase. Thus, the Lukaku wager was forced on Thomas Tuchel, who explained his protégé’s half-time introduction as follows: “We took a lot of risks. The medical staff advised that an additional 45 minutes be added to the time recommended by the medical staff.Who knows if it is the correct course of action? ” Today, I required a performance of this caliber.
Romelu Lukaku needs only ten minutes to heat the coals following several days of fever. The Belgian won the ball in front of his defender and lodged an uncrossed header in the small net opposite Emiliano Martinez’s goal following a brilliantly put cross in the area. A header resurrected the Blues, before the match’s savior converted a penalty in stoppage time.
“I needed a performance like this today,” said the Red Devils’ top scorer. A performance that is consistent with Lukaku’s best performances versus Aston Villa: Nine goals in ten games against this opponent are the most in his career against any European side. Tuchel, despite all, is “very concerned.”
“He altered the game today,” his trainer, Thomas Tuchel, exclaimed. “I’m extremely impressed with the guys, but I’m extremely concerned.” because the Blues’ absences have been growing in recent weeks. Whether it’s due to COVID-19 (Lukaku, Werner, Hudson-Odoi), a simple illness (Havertz, Chilwell), or an injury (Loftus-Cheek), the London workforce is severely handicapped at the conclusion of the first leg.
Following a near-perfect start to the season, the goal for the Champions League champions is more ambitious: to win the Premier League championship. Chelsea, which is six lengths behind leader Manchester City and tied for second place with Liverpool (41 points), can no longer afford to make mistakes.
“We are now the hunters. The most recent outcomes were not ideal. Now we must hunt and treat each game as if it were the final. Today, we won, and now we must move forward, “Romelu Lukaku assured. Optimism will now be a prerequisite for the Blues.