Footballers who meet three times or more often in a game, then take the ball home. If Romelu Lukaku had also done on Saturday, although he stayed at Crystal Palace without goal – you could understand it: Much contact had the two, ie Chelsea striker and ball, finally did not have in the 90 minutes earlier.
Lukaku was so logged out at the 1-0 away win, that he set up a new Premier League Negative Record. Never, since data providers “Opta” recorded these values in 2003/04 for the first time nationwide, a player who was not replaced had fewer ball contacts than the Belgian in the Selhurst Park. Chicky seven were in the final whistle, one of them at the impetus in the first passage. Only every about 13 minutes Lukaku touched the ball.
Tuchel: “It says he obviously did not participate”
“I do not know what to say,” coach Thomas Tuchel seemed a little helpless than he was asked after the game, whether the more about Lukaku or the entire team statement. “It says he was obviously not involved and could not be Hervort today. I’m not sure if there is so much about us.”
At least it was an indication of how unshakably clothel until the end of Lukaku believed. That a premier league player has never had so few ball contacts after 90 or more minutes, it was certainly because possible candidates were never allowed to play through.