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Friday, April 8, 2022

Romelu Lukaku must follow perfect Didier Drogba advice as Thomas Tuchel plots Chelsea turnaround

  Romelu Lukaku must follow Didier Drogba's advice should Chelsea look to salvage a place in the Champions League semi-final. Thomas ...


Romelu Lukaku must follow Didier Drogba's advice should Chelsea look to salvage a place in the Champions League semi-final. Thomas Tuchel's side suffered defeat to Real Madrid in a similar fashion to which the Blues lost to Napoli in 2012.

Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr, who like Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi ten years ago, ran riot in the first-leg and guided their side to a 3-1 advantage. Though this time around there is no away goal rule to dampen the west Londoners' belief, handing Chelsea a major boost in their quest to retain European royalty.

But, in order for lightning to strike twice, Lukaku must jumpstart his Blues career. The 28-year-old striker raked in more unwanted attention after nodding a fairly straightforward chance wide of the post .

The Belgium international failed to claw his side back into the the tie, with what would have been Chelsea's second of the evening. Lukaku has struggled to warrant his eye-watering £97.5m price tag since returning to Stamford Bridge, scoring just 12 goals in all competitions.

Though, despite this, the Belgian can draw great inspiration from Drogba , who too endured a difficult spell in front of goal before waltzing away as the hero. The Ivorian scored just five Premier League goals for Chelsea during the season that the Blues picked up their first Champions League honour — and, so too has Lukaku thus far.

And, like Drogba building up to a pivotal second leg, Lukaku has faced growing criticism. Tuchel's talisman can learn a lot from the former Blue.

"When we don't perform, people say the senior players are not good enough and need to go, and when we do perform they say we run the club, none of this is true," Drogba said, following Chelsea's miraculous second-leg win over Napoli in 2012 .

"We are Chelsea players, nobody here is bigger than the club, all we do is give our best for Chelsea, the fans and the owner. “It was a big test to see if we were able to come back from a 3-1 defeat away and win this game.

We scored the two goals we wanted to score but then they scored a great goal as well and the pressure started to grow. This is when the game is really exciting, when there's a lot of passion and excitement; I think that's why we all enjoyed playing the game."

And, the rest was history, while Lukaku can become a hero too. Though, it is worth remembering that Drogba did leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

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