Reece James praises Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea defender Reece James has praised Romelu Lukaku for bullying Arsenal defenders in their 2-0 away win at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The Chelsea defender provided the assist for Lukaku’s goal, and scored one to help the Blues secure back to back wins in the league.

The Belgian opened the scoring in his second Chelsea debut in typical fashion by drawing the defenders out and outmuscling them to tap in from close range. Speaking to reporters after the win Reece James admitted Lukaku’s physicality provides Chelsea with different options in the attacking third. He added “What an addition to our team to have such a vocal striker like that.”

Everyone’s seen today how powerful he is and when he gets a chance he finishes. I think he’s shown how he bullies players today. I can’t really think of any other players like him in the world. How strong he is and how powerful, everyone he just comes up against he bullies.”

Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel praised Lukaku for his performance and combination play with Mount and Havertz. The German said “It was a very good start. That’s the best thing when your new strikers scores straight away and an important goal to get the lead, 1-0 to us.”

On top of that, he linked up well with Mason Mount and Kai Havertz to bring something to our game. We could play very direct up front to the last line. He was very dangerous through the whole game because they are also dangerous in counter-attacks. We brought him into the game very well already.”

Now, it is about details. Of course, there’s some things to improve. He almost scored a second one, but it was a fantastic save from Bernd Leno and it was a very good debut. He linked up well with us and now it the moment to continue and improve.”

His profile gives something that we did not have so much. We can overcome pressing with long balls and if we are close to the box we can also play into him. He is a very physical player, he gives strength to our counter attacks because he likes to run into spaces so.”

He was involved in training, with the guys. He is very smart, a very open and friendly person so it was easy to connect with everybody. They like to play with each other so it was very important it gives us more opportunities.”

At the same time we work on the details and keep going… and there is a lot more to come. His profile gives us something that we did not have so much. We can overcome pressing with long balls and if we are close to the box we can also play into him.”

He is a very physical player, he gives strength to our counter attacks because he likes to run into spaces.”

Source: Metro

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