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Lukaku goal drought ‘nothing to be worried about’, says Tuchel

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The Blues boss admits all but two of his players have a below-desired level of on-the-pitch understanding with the Belgian marksman.

Romelu Lukaku’s recent goal drought is “nothing major to be worried about,” insists Thomas Tuchel.

Lukaku enjoyed a stunning start to his second spell at Chelsea, scoring four goals in his first three matches after rejoining the club in the summer.

The 28-year-old, however, has hit a bit of a rough patch, having fired a blank in his previous four games. He was especially rather unproductive in the last two outings as the Blues suffered back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Juventus.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea vs Southampton, Tuchel admitted that only two of his players have been able to build “a strong connection” with Lukaku.

“Football right now is about connections and with Romelu I feel a strong connection with Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic, they look for each other and have an understanding,” Tuchel told.

“Everybody else lacks it a little bit and we need to learn, we need to adapt, we need to create and understand each other better.

“We had games where we was fully involved, now we had games like against Manchester City where of course he was isolated, Manchester City made him be isolated and our build-up play and our transition made him be isolated.

“There will always be matches like this where there is no place to go, no way to be involved. It is nothing major to be worried about but we are aware of it.”