Romelu Lukaku was BOOED by his own fans after he was substituted in Chelsea‘s defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday.
Lukaku started in his side’s 4-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge, but lasted just an hour as he failed to influence the game.
The Belgium striker received a spiky reception as he left the pitch, with the Chelsea faithful booing him.
Thomas Tuchel was asked about Lukaku being booed by Chelsea supporters in his post-match press conference.
He suggested it could’ve been Arsenal fans before telling a reporter: “You heard it, so you need to ask the people.”
Tuchel 🗣 “Maybe it was an Arsenal fan.”
Reporter 🗣 “It was coming from the right side.”
Tuchel 🗣 “You heard it, so you need to ask the people.”
Thomas Tuchel’s response when asked about Romelu Lukaku being booed by the Chelsea fans pic.twitter.com/wti9t524nnAdvertisement
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Lukaku has only scored five Premier League goals since returning to the club last summer in a transfer worth £97.5 million.
And his latest showing for the Blues was slammed by former player Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who said the 28-year-old showed ‘no passion’ against the Gunners.
🗣 “Going back to Lukaku, doesn’t do enough, does not do enough. If you want to be the man you have to run around.”
Jimmy Hasselbaink believes many players did not take their opportunity today, singling out Lukaku and his lack of “effort” pic.twitter.com/hZylM0aeSN
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“For Chelsea today it was a really bad performance. Certain players are getting an opportunity, Lukaku, (Malang) Sarr and (Andreas) Christensen,” he said on Sky Sports.
“Going back to Lukaku, he doesn’t do enough. If you want to be the man you’ve got to run around. You need to try and show that you’re bothered. You need to want to suffer.”
Hasselbaink added: “He doesn’t run around, he doesn’t go into gaps, he doesn’t demand the ball off his players.
“They play against a motivated Arsenal team who’ve lost three in a row and want to prove something.
“You need to go over the top of them and at least show some passion. There was no passion from Lukaku and Sarr and Christensen can’t make those sorts of mistakes in these kind of matches.”
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