Spurs fans sung ‘He’s Inter Milan, he’s Inter Milan, Romelu Lukaku, he’s Inter Milan’ in reference to his recent shock TV outburst.
Lukaku shushed Spurs’ fans after the second goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 win[/caption]
Lukaku gave a thumbs up to the Chelsea fans at the full time whistle[/caption]
But Lukaku, back in in the Blues line-up, shushed them after Ben Davies’ own goal made it 2-0 after Kai Havertz’s opener in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.
If Spurs’ fans weren’t gutted enough after Davies’ horror own goal, they then had Lukaku shushing them after the ball hit the back of the net.
And Antonio Conte’s side have got it all to do at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium if they want to overturn the 2-0 deficit in next week’s semi-final second leg.
The 28-year-old was reinstated into Thomas Tuchel’s squad after being axed from the team for the weekend’s thriller against Liverpool.
Lukaku had a part to play in Chelsea’s second goal, winning the free-kick that ended up being diverted into his own net by Davies.
At the full time whistle, Lukaku spent time applauding the home crowd and gave a thumbs up to the Matthew Harding Stand.
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And speaking after the game, Tuchel claimed Lukaku is ‘relaxed’, despite angering fans following his controversial interview, in which he expressed his desire to return to Inter.
He laughed as told Sky Sports: “Romelu rested himself for the last game.”
Tuchel then added on Lukaku that he was: “Absolutely happy. I am sure he is not affected because I see him on a daily basis and even in the last days, yesterday and today he seemed to be relaxed.
“He was fine with the situation, mentally moved on.
“Romelu can handle the pressure and adversity. It was a good performance, he contributed a lot to our defensive set-up. He got some chances and will go again.”
Meanwhile before the game, Blues boss Tuchel said he was ‘happy’ that Lukaku was playing, with the striker expected to stay at the club in January despite the interview.
On the inclusion of Lukaku, Tuchel: “I am happy he is on the pitch today.
“We can listen to this interview 100 times and it will not get better, but we can shift our focus.
“We accept it happened, he has accepted it happened, and we have enough reasons to move on.
“Now we need to protect him and push him because he’s our player and we want him to, and he wants to be, a key player.”
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