Romelu Lukaku is 'mentally tired', says Chelsea boss Tuchel
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Romelu Lukaku is 'mentally tired', says Chelsea boss Tuchel

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has failed to see the back of the net in his last six appearances for the Blues. 

The Blues coach Thomas Tuchel admits the Belgian is 'mentally tired' following Lukaku's struggles to maintain his form since arriving from Inter Milan during the summer. 

Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash with Malmo, Tuchel said, "This [the understanding] will increase every day because we are in the process of adapting to each other."

"In the very moment, I feel Romelu a bit overplayed. I think he played too many competitions over the summer, too many competitions with the national team and now he has played the Nations League."

"He is a fantastic athlete and such a competitive guy that he digs in deep, he wants to win these things and he never takes it easy and judges games."

"He wants to be out there and win so I know how much he wanted to have a good outcome for Belgium in the Euros, and the Nations League meant a lot to him too."

On international performance

"It was a huge match for him personally, it means a lot to him to play for his country. So he takes it really seriously and if it doesn’t go well he always takes it on his shoulders."

"I feel him a bit mentally tired. Not hugely that we have a concern but for me, he does not fully enjoy without having second or third thoughts, for me he overplayed and this is the key point. Once he finds his rhythm and things a bit easier he will be fine but it is hard to judge if he really needs a break or if we need to keep him on the pitch."

"The next international break is coming but this is what I feel, particularly for him. Some other players too for me is the same with Mason and Jorgi, they struggle. They have a lot of weight to carry for the countries, they take it and they love it, they are competitors."

"If you play 1000 matches a year it can feel heavy although they love the game. This is what I feel."

The 28-year-old returned to Chelsea from Inter Milan for a club-record fee of  £97.5m. 

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