'Hope Tuchel watched': Some Chelsea fans hail their player's international display
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku delivered an impressive display for Belgium in Thursday night’s UEFA Nations League defeat to France.
The Blues ace was arguably his nation’s best performer in a dramatic game which saw the Red Devils relinquish a two-goal lead to win 3-2.
Belgium took the lead in the 37th minute, courtesy of a deflected Yannick Carrasco strike from just inside the penalty area.
Lukaku then doubled his nation’s tally in style three minutes later, racing past his marker in the box and rifling into the roof of the net from a tight angle.
However, things went pear-shaped in the second half for Belgium in Turin.
Karim Benzema got the ball rolling to make it 2-1 just after the hour, collecting Kylian Mbappe’s pass before firing low into the net.
The PSG ace then equalised with a penalty after Youri Tielemans fouled Antoine Griezmann in the box.
France looked favourites to win, but then it looked as though Belgium had done just enough got over the line – once again, thanks to Lukaku.
The Chelsea ace converted a brilliant ball across the box from Yannick Carrasco on the counter – only for his goal to be ruled out for offside.
And then, at the other end, Theo Hernandez got on the end of a Benjamin Pavard cross, composed himself and rifled home a dramatic late winner.
Despite being on the losing side, Lukaku was praised by Chelsea fans and neutrals alike:
There’s a lot more coming 😎— dotmoovs (@dotmoovs) October 7, 2021
The only living legend 🙌— David Arthur (@DavidArthurJr) October 8, 2021
Roberto Martinez has consistently got the best out of Romelu Lukaku, for both Everton & Belgium.— Football Therapy Yan (@BallTherapyYan) October 8, 2021
Whether he’s occupying that right half space or actually playing right wing, Lukaku always puts in worldy performances with that approach.
Hopefully Tuchel is taking notes. pic.twitter.com/BQz16mRowl
Absolutely world class, hope we play to his strength soon— cfcguy10 (@cfcguy10) October 7, 2021
The use of the body turn – he and Suarez do it so, so well— jwood (@johnw737) October 7, 2021
They way Belgium Played…they should’ve won…— Rahul_njr (@RahulNjr) October 8, 2021
They let France dominate…in the second half
Lukaku was exceptional
Romelu Lukaku in the Nations League has been incredible & did not deserve to be on the losing side yesterday. 8 games 10 goals & 1 assist. pic.twitter.com/jCWNET1nLq— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) October 8, 2021
Thats what i was saying bro, during the Belgium match. Hope Tuchel watched how Lukaku played and influenced the game.— Brian Kimani (@kimanibrian98) October 8, 2021