Following Tottenham’s victory, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel takes a dig at Romelu Lukaku.

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After Tottenham’s victory, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel takes a jab at Romelu Lukaku.

THOMAS TUCHEL mocked Romelu Lukaku’s return to the starting lineup on Wednesday.

After Chelsea’s 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, Thomas Tuchel aimed a playful dig at Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku made his first appearance since being benched after publicly admitting his dissatisfaction with his current situation at the club.

Chelsea breezed past Tottenham in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, taking control of the tie and winning the game in a blitz of a first-half display.

After five minutes, the Blues took the lead when their high-pressure pressure forced Spurs into a mistake, and Marcos Alonso played Kai Havertz through on goal, who slotted home past Hugo Lloris.

Hakim Ziyech whipped in a free-kick from the right, and Japhet Tanganga headed his clearance onto Ben Davies and into the goal, escalating Antonio Conte’s frustration.

Spurs can be thankful that the deficit isn’t any bigger going into the second leg, but they were outrun and outgunned in west London.

When discussing how Chelsea’s fresh legs contributed to their quick start, Tuchel claimed Lukaku’rested himself’ after full-time.

“The start was impressive; we had fresh legs,” he said to Sky Sports.

“However, if you haven’t played much in recent matches, such as Malang [Sarr], Hakim [Ziyech], and Saul [Niguez], it can be unfair to put them in a big match like this and demand fresh legs.”

“However, we rested Jorginho in the last few days, and Romelu rested himself in the last game, so yes! We could see we were fresh, and we never lost our focus or commitment.”

“The bench players put in a lot of effort, and the starters were very capable.”

Tuchel praised Lukaku’s performance after the jibe and insisted the recent circus surrounding his interview with Sky Italy would have no impact on him.

“I thought Romelu did a good job on the field.”

Tuchel continued, “I was overjoyed.”

“I’m pretty sure he’s not affected by it, and I’ve seen him every day in the last few days.”

He appeared to be at ease and unconcerned about the situation.

“He’s moved on mentally, and Romelu can handle pressure.”

He is capable of dealing with adversity.

He made a significant contribution to our defensive set-up, as well as creating and taking some chances.”

Tuchel was taken aback by his team’s performance.

“News from the Brinkwire.”

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