Thomas Tuchel says he dropped Belgian Star Lukaku for the Blues Premier League battle with Liverpool as the case had become too huge and ‘too loud’.
Romelu Lukaku was left out of Chelsea’s squad after it halted earlier in the day that he would not be included.
In an INTERVIEW : with Sky Italia documented that was publish on Thursday and Friday, The Belgian Striker Lukaku disclosed he was unhappy at Stamford Bridge.
Dealing with the matter before kick-off, Chelsea Boss said : “The thing got too big, the thing got too noisy close to the match. So I decided to protect the preparation of the match and that’s why he’s out.”
Chelsea boss was asked if he had spoken with Romelu Lukaku, Tuchel responded: “Of course, we have spoken. We have spoken twice. I have spoken to the main players.
“After that, we had to realise it’s too near to the match, it’s too big. We delayed the decision of what to do.
“Why we are delaying it: we have a big match of football to play and we need full focus which is anyway hard to get, even with this decision.
“But it is, in my opinion, easier if he’s not in the squad and that’s why we did it.”
Tuchel added: “For sure it was a difficult decision to take but, in my opinion, it was the decision to take.”
The Belgian Striker has scored five times in eight Premier League starts and earning a further five appearances as a substitute
The Belgian Striker, who rejoined the blues for £97.5million from Inter Milan, Italy in the summer, had been unhappy with his lack of minutes for chelsea.
He said: “Physically I’m doing great. I’m just not very happy with the situation, but that’s normal.
“I think the boss has decided to play a different formation, but I have to stick at it and get on with it professionally.
“I’m not happy with the situation, but it’s my job and I mustn’t give up.