A scorer out in the United Arab Emirates, striker Romelu Lukaku returned to England and had an off afternoon with only seven touches throughout the game and was sent a message by coach Thomas Tuchel which absolved the formation of any blame as to why the striker was poor.
With time running out to close the gap to City and second-placed Liverpool, the next few games will be crucial and the fixtures have been compared to see who has an advantage over the next few weeks.
In fact, the striker had only seven touches throughout the game as the Blues went on to win 1-0.
Coach Tuchel dismissed the idea that the formation deployed at Selhurst Park played a contributing factor towards the Belgian’s poor game.
Speaking to beIN SPORTS, he said: “We always attack in a 4-1, it’s just for the build-up sometimes we build-up in a 3-2 and sometimes in a 4-1. For him it changed nothing.”
Lukaku’s low-touch display on the road wasn’t all his fault, according to football.london .
It would be easy take a look at the stats and point the finger at the former Manchester United and Inter striker.
But his movement off the ball was that of a player wanting to get involved in the game and on one occasion was seen telling defender Antonio Rudiger where he wanted the ball played.

The German defender failed to release the ball and nothing came of the move.

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