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Chelsea move closer to Wembley as Romelu Lukaku begins comeback in low-key fashion

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It’s not a small thing, it’s not the biggest thing.

This is how Thomas Tuchel summed up the Romelu Lukaku saga and it turned out, as the Belgian striker’s return to the starting XI provided only a, albeit significant, footnote on a great night’s work for which – as it was made clear again this week – is categorically the German team Chelsea.

A Kai Havertz strike thrown into the roof of his own net by Davinson Sanchez and a Japhet Tanganga header, ricocheted past Hugo Lloris against Ben Davies, gave the Blues a 2-0 lead to advance to the return leg of this Carabao Cup semi-final and for all the pre-match hype over Lukaku’s return, it will be Spurs who are desperate to find one when both sides find themselves on their patch in a week’s time. .

On Lukaku’s side, the timing of this match could have been rather awkward for Tuchel, given the presence of Antonio Conte in the opposing canoe, like going for a walk with your new girlfriend the day after your first row and crossing his ex Italian. boyfriend in the park. In reality, everything was quite simple.

Conte, too, was meant to face his own accounts with an old fame after a sour divorce, but Lukaku’s fury offered decent cover ahead of his first return to Stamford Bridge and his team’s flat performance on the night’s turned into something of a non-event, doing little to inspire much anger fueled by jealousy among the home support.

Lukaku himself started the evening hidden under a woolen hat during the warm-up, looking a little sheepish, unsure of his position after his apology, and the muted reception that greeted his name on the PA before the hit. sending suggested the so-called damned part in it all weren’t quite sure how they were supposed to react either. Wisely, taking the head of their diplomatic leader, they decided that it was useless to fan the flames.

In the game itself, there were times when the club’s signing of the record threatened to make its mark, glancing right past Hakim Ziyech’s cross, an effort that at six inches on the other side of the post, would have brought the score to 3-0 before half-time. and perhaps ended the tie, then gave the Moroccan start for an equally lost opportunity on the other side of the recovery, before leading substitute Timo Werner cross straight to Lloris late.

There were others who recounted the frustrations on both sides of the matter. On Lukaku’s side, there have been arms thrown to heaven on undelivered crosses and peripheral periods where his righteous, albeit misplaced, remarks on how Tuchel’s system has so far failed. to capitalize on its strengths were in evidence.

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But his lack of sharpness, supposedly responsible for the delay in his return from injury that caused much of the annoyance expressed in this interview in the first place, was also evident in the kind of lead-footed touches that occurred. often slip into his game when he’s far from at his best. “He wears his heart on his tongue,” Tuchel said this week. Yes, and sometimes steel toes on the feet.

All in all though, this was an adequate and mundane display, average enough to agree with Tuchel’s admirable refusal to neither downplay nor exaggerate the scale of the case, encouraging enough to represent a first satisfactory step on what should not be a long road. to redemption.

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