What happened to Romelu Lukaku before Juventus vs Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel loses his temper

What happened to Romelu Lukaku before Juventus vs Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel loses his temper

It was a difficult night for Chelsea as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Juventus.

Federico Chiesa’s goal just 11 seconds into the second half punished the Blues’ inability to create a clear chance despite dominating possession with 74% of the play.

Thomas Tuchel’s side could only direct one of their 16 shots on target as Juve sat deep and soaked up Chelsea attacks.

The German coach was frustrated with the wayward shooting and the absent-mindedness of some of his side’s play, particularly in the build-up to Chiesa’s strike.

There were some familar struggles from last season’s winners of the Champions League, but some unique interactions out in Turin too.

We take a look at the moments you may have missed below:

Lukaku booing

It was quite the return to Italy for Romelu Lukaku, and safe to say his previous Serie A efforts are not appreciated in Turin.

As the stadium announcer ran through Chelsea’s starting XI, most players received little reaction. The Belgian striker, however, received a cacophony of noise and it certainly wasn’t very welcoming.

While at Inter Milan, Lukaku bagged 24 league goals and 11 assists on the way to earning Inter’s first Serie A title since 2009/10, while the Old Lady finished fourth having won every league title since 2011/12.

Sadly, Chelsea’s record signing was unable to replicate his form in Italy, and the Juve faithful probably left quite happy to get one over the forward.

Thomas Tuchel’s frustration with Marcos Alonso

It wasn’t a great night for any player and the Blues boss might have had stern words with a few of his stars following the defeat.

Alonso put in a performance that belies the strong start to the season he had enjoyed before the weekend. The Spaniard picked up a needless yellow card for his push on Juan Cuadrado and was wasteful in possession despite some of the freedom he was allowed.

But the moment that looked to top things off for Tuchel was when Alonso gave the ball away during a three v two situation.

The 48-year-old animatedly lost his temper and obviously brought on Ben Chilwell at half-time.

The England international has started only one game since the Champions League final, against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup, and might have just found his way into the Chelsea XI.

Matthijs de Ligt takes a fall

The picture says it all in many ways. In Juve’s relentless battle, De Ligt was committed enough to go flying over the advertising boards.

Sadly the view of Kai Havertz watching on as the Dutch defender tumbles wasn’t very emblematic of the 90-minute battle between the sides.

The 22-year-old certainly had the upper hand in the physical duel for much of the match, and highlighted a key area Chelsea will want to see the German international improve in.

Shirt swap

Even taking into account Giorgio Chiellini’s age, you have to be some player to keep him out of any backline. The former Ajax star came up against Havertz and Lukaku and more than held his own, which few can say.

De Ligt was surrounded by giants of the defensive game in Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Thiago Silva in Turin and perhaps stood tallest of them all.

Swapping shirts may be a minor thing but to land Silva’s shows the appreciation the Brazilian must have had for the Juventus star’s performance despite being at opposite ends of the Allianz Arena.

Turin was home to some defensive legends, Silva may believe he’s seen one of the future.

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