“The thing got too big, too noisy, so close to the match, so I decided to protect the preparation for the match, so that is why he is out,” Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports about his decision to drop Romelu Lukaku out of the squad for the Liverpool game.
“Of course, we have spoken twice, and he has spoken to the main players, but after that, we had to realize it was too close to the match, it’s too big.
“We delayed the decision over what to do, but while are delaying we have to protect the preparation for the match, we have a big game to play.”
“Full focus, which is hard to get even without this decision, was easier in my opinion if he is not in the squad, and that is why we did it. It was a difficult decision, but in my opinion, it was the decision to take.”
Lukaku raised a lot of eyebrows at Chelsea after giving an unauthorized interview to Sky Italia and airing his thoughts about Tuchel’s tactics to the public.