Lukaku dropped by Chelsea for Champions League clash with Lille

By Sports Desk February 22, 2022

Romelu Lukaku was dropped to the bench by Thomas Tuchel for Chelsea's Champions League last-16 meeting with Lille on Tuesday. 

Belgium international Lukaku was a peripheral figure during Saturday's 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and was named among the substitutes for the first leg against Lille at Stamford Bridge. 

He was replaced in the line-up by Cesar Azpilicueta, with Kai Havertz handed the central striking role and flanked by Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic. 

Lukaku paid the price for a historically quiet game display against Palace, which saw him manage just seven touches – one of which was from kick-off. It was the fewest touches by a player who featured for 90+ minutes in a single Premier League game since 2003-04, when Opta has the data available from.  

Tuchel made two other changes to his team, with Marcos Alonso replacing Malang Sarr and Mateo Kovacic chosen ahead of Jorginho. 

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