Chelsea struggle to get Lukaku involved despite formation shift

Chelsea changed formation for yesterday’s game, and they ended up using a back four to take on Spurs.

It worked well, and both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech looked like they enjoyed the new shape. Unfortunately, it still didn’t quite unlock Romelu Lukaku, who had a better game than he did in midweek against Brighton, but still look detached from the game for long periods.

He had two good chances, one that he spooned over on his right foot, and another which he was only able to get a toe on, having almost given up on Antonio Rudiger’s ability to deliver it. All too rarely was he able to try and his his physicality to his advantage.

With a little more sharpness, those would be two goals and we wouldn’t be complaining. But as it turned it, it was another day of missed chances, and another week that has passed without a goal or a major contribution from the Belgian.