His Champions League campaign continues tonight with Thomas Tachel, and a former Stamford Bridge star advising him to retain his trophy.
According to former Stamford Bridge favorite Joe Cole, Romelu Lukaku could imitate Didier Drogba by removing Chelsea from the Premier League and Champions League splendor.
Belgium has made a great start to life in West London. Following his transfer of £ 98 million (13 136 million) from Inter.
Lukaku has scored three goals in three appearances so far, including two wins against Austin Villa on Saturday, and will make his Blues debut in the Champions League on Tuesday night as he take on Zenit St. Petersburg. Will
Is Lukaku the new Drogba?
Cole, speaking exclusively. the aim. In his role as one of BT Sports’ leading Champions League pundits, Lukaku compared Chelsea’s role to that of Drogba, one of the club’s greatest strikers ever.
“Certainly, they are the same,” he said. “It’s not just what he brings to the pitch. I think Lukaku has learned a lot from Didier in terms of his presence. By all accounts he is a bit of a leader in the dressing room and he is a daddy.
“Didier was a born leader, a real man. Everyone loved him. We talk. [John] Terry and [Frank] Lampard was the leader in this dressing room, but Drogba was a leader like him.
“Lukaku is like that. I have a little way to get to him before he’s put in this bracket, but he’s definitely got the ability to get there.
“And he has a great mindset, he has a little fire in his stomach because he wants to prove himself at Chelsea for the second time.”
‘He has everything’
As far as Thomas Tachel is concerned, Lukaku’s signature is seen as the last piece of jigsaw.
Chelsea were strong enough to become European champions without it, but Cole believes the presence of the new No. 9 will take them to a level, and to the benefit of others such as Kai Hawartz, Christian Polisak and the infamous Timo Werner. Will allow .
“You like him like an attacking midfielder or a wide player, someone like him,” he says. “He has everything. If you cross deep, he can win it and score from it. If you want to spin it in the corner, he is strong enough to hold it and hold it back. Enough for that, and if you’re under pressure and playing deep, you know you can play the ball forward and he’ll do something about it.
“He’s moving well. He’s back as a complete package. I’d love to play with him, I can tell you!”
Are Chelsea Champions League favorites?
Chelsea began defending their Champions League this evening, when they face Russian champions Zenit at Stamford Bridge.
Tachel’s team arrived in good form, conceding 10 points and conceding just one goal in their first four Premier League matches. He is, of course, a favorite of bookmakers for the competition, despite the fact that, in the Champions League era, only Real Madrid has successfully retained the trophy.
“They are capable, but it’s hard to say for sure,” says Cole. “There is a lot of quality, and especially around the Premier League.
“You can make a case that Chelsea is a favorite, but I honestly think you can make a case for all four.”
However, Cole says he is happy with Chelsea’s chances this season.
“I love their business,” he says. “What Tachel did last season, the squad looked very strong anyway, but you have to give credit to Marina. [Granovskaia, the Blues’ chief executive] And the way the team has gone out and brought in the right players.
“They have made a profit, and have signed one of the world’s three center forwards in Lukaku. It’s incredible.
“The academy is thriving. They are sending Connor Galaghar, Teno Anguirin and Billy Glamor on loan. Do you know what I mean ?! All three of those players go to most of the Premier League sides.
As a former player, it’s the easiest thing in the world to talk about Chelsea. They are flying. Even the image of the club has changed, the business model is working, they are winning trophies and everyone is happy and satisfied.
“A lot of people are doing great things at the club.”
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