Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has revealed he consulted players before dropping Belgian striker, Romelu Lukaku ahead of the Super Sunday 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
Lukaku was dropped following a controversial interview which stunned Tuchel, Chelsea players and supporters alike.
Lukaku took everyone by surprise with an unsanctioned interview with Sky Sports Italia in which he voiced his unhappiness towards his current playing situation at Chelsea and declared his undying love for Inter, whom he hopes to re-join before the end of his career.
Tuchel was livid at Lukaku’s comments and dropped him from the matchday squad for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool, and he has revealed that a number of his key players backed the decision.
“I don’t take decisions in the office or around my thoughts. I take decisions for the team and I listen to them”, Tuchel told The Athletic
“I hear their opinion, what they think and then I make my decisions once I hear them out. It is their club, their team and it is not a personal thing from me to decide only on my thoughts.
“We have a squad who we protect, which is strong in belief and behaviours. We want a clearer understanding of the situation and take a decision on a bigger foundation.”
Thomas Tuchel has also dismissed plans of selling Lukaku, stating he will hold crunch talks with the player today (Monday).