Cristiano Ronaldo marked his second Manchester United debut with a brace for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men against Newcastle before Romelu Lukaku would bag two goals of his own against Aston Villa
Thomas Tuchel insists he “couldn’t care less” if Cristiano Ronaldo scores more goals than Romelu Lukaku this season.
Lukaku would then follow that up with two goals of his own as Chelsea claimed an impressive 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
But the Blues boss wouldn’t be bothered in the slightest if the 36-year-old outscores the Belgian striker this term – all that he cares about is that Lukaku does the business for his side.
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He said: “I couldn’t care less as long as Lukaku scores for us. Honestly, I know you’d like to have a good answer but unfortunately, I don’t have one. Lukaku was decisive for us today and that is what we are looking for.
“He wants to score for Chelsea, help the team with his goals, that is what he did today.
“That is why he is here. He is not shy to speak this ambition out loud because he is full of confidence and is the kind of personality that can handle it. This is what he showed in the first games and today.”
Asked if Lukaku’s brace proved that he will be the difference-maker for Chelsea this season, Tuchel replied: “Today he was and the idea was for him to be the difference and give us a different profile to what he had.
“He has a kind of personality and self-confidence, he wants to score, help the team with his goals. And he has the confidence and composure to do it.
“It was super important today because he scored two very difficult goals, no easy tap-in, and it made the difference for us. It helped us get a very important three points against a difficult opponent.
“He adds something we didn’t have in this capacity so far. So I’m very happy.”