Thomas Tuchel hailed Romelu Lukaku’s “world-class” likelihood conversion fee after Chelsea’s 1-0 Champions League win over Zenit St Petersburg.
Lukaku buried captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s hanging far-post cross with an inch-perfect header to dig Chelsea out of a troublesome encounter and safe a significant Stamford Bridge victory.
The Blues began their Champions League defence with a slender Group H victory that owed every part to Lukaku turning house his sole sniff on objective.
Chelsea supervisor Tuchel heaped the reward on the £98million summer season recruit, who already boasts 4 objectives for the Blues this time period.
“The cross from Azpi was very, superb and harmful, and troublesome to defend,” mentioned Tuchel.
“The goal was the far publish, for Romelu, and Kai (Havertz) was additionally there. It was the opening, and on the similar time, decisive objective which could be very, superb for us in fact.
“We didn’t create many probabilities for Romelu, however he’s the kind of man who doesn’t lose confidence or perception and that’s why he’s right here; and that’s why he’s a world-class striker.
“It’s tremendous onerous, and tremendous necessary to have the ability to do this. It’s as simple as that. You don’t discover many strikers of that high quality.
“The fellows who’re there to attain and actually rating frequently are so, so necessary. There aren’t many objectives in soccer and the objective adjustments the entire momentum of the match.
“It offers the entire workforce perception to know that one likelihood is sufficient. It’s greater than solely simply expertise that he brings; he brings perception and he takes strain off others’ shoulders.
“He has the persona to not be impatient or to lose confidence. He does what he does and we’re very completely satisfied he’s with us.”
Chelsea may need laboured at occasions in opposition to Zenit’s low block and the Russian outfit’s spectacular organisation.
However Tuchel’s aspect nonetheless discovered a path to victory, with Lukaku once more each inch the real talisman striker.
The 28-year-old has already comfortably justified Chelsea’s hefty charge to Inter Milan for his companies, with boss Tuchel content material along with his aspect’s total displaying in west London.
“I’m completely satisfied usually with the efficiency, a troublesome match in opposition to a powerful opponent,” mentioned Tuchel.
“It was powerful for us within the first half to seek out little gaps to speed up the sport and be harmful within the field and create touches within the field. However we performed excessive depth, we had many ball recoveries.
“We needed to be very centered and conscious in defence, as a result of they’ve plenty of particular person high quality. Second half we discovered it a bit simpler to seek out areas between the traces, create probabilities, half-chances.
“I discover us very aggressive, we all know the way to deal with difficulties throughout matches. I preferred what I noticed as we speak, as a result of I felt the power, effort and it was a powerful opponent.”