‘For sure it’s disappointing for him and not what we or what he expected at the moment but it’s not finished and we will not give in. We never give in with any players and he never gives in. We will push him as far as we can and as long as the player stays involved in the mentality that is needed to bring a team forward, he can still be a crucial player.’
So often in the life of a goalscorer suffering a period without the goals they use as oxygen, Tuchel deems it likely that a single turning point could come at any moment, an ignition to light the blue touchpaper.
As Lukaku showed earlier in the campaign, when fit and firing in front of goal, he can be a handful for any defender and those in red tonight will certainly not relish going up against the big 28-year-old if Tuchel decides to use him, a prospect the German remains open to.
‘What he needs is that one moment or one spark,’ Tuchel explained.