Carragher urges Chelsea to replace Lukaku over Tuchel

Date published: Sunday 2nd January 2022 3:25 - Will Ford

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Jamie Carragher says it would be “easier” for Chelsea to replace Romelu Lukaku over Thomas Tuchel in the wake of the striker’s controversial interview.

Lukaku – who returned to Chelsea in a £97million deal from Inter Milan in the summer – revealed he was unhappy with his situation at Chelsea in an interview recorded with Sky Italia a few weeks ago but released this week.

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The Belgian was dropped from the Chelsea squad to face Liverpool on Sunday after Tuchel admitted his frustration with his player’s comments.

Carragher likened Tuchel’s decision to omit Lukaku to the shows of strength of Mikel Arteta at Arsenal this season and claimed that although players have often prevailed over managers at Stamford Bridge in the past, the Blues should stick by Tuchel and instead allow Lukaku to leave the club if it comes to that.

“I admire what Mikel Arteta has done with Aubameyang and in some ways I admire Tuchel here,” he told Sky Sports.

“Let’s not forget this club. This is a different club, the players have always won against the manager.

“Right now, I think in terms of top managers around in world football, I would say we have three in the Premier League in Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

“Look at the problems, Manchester United have right now – they still don’t know who they’re going to get at the end of the season.

“I actually think right now – even though they’ve had great success changing managers over the last ten years – I think it would be easier for them to replace Lukaku than the manager they’ve got.

“Because they’ve got a proper top class manager right now.”

Another Liverpool legend, Graeme Souness, said that Lukaku was out of order with his comments.

“This guy has more than crossed the line,” he said. “He has to apologise to his teammates.

“Someone in the dressing room has come up with that nonsense when we were players, how do you think we would have reacted?

“It’s so offside it beggars belief.”


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