Tuchel praises perfect start with room for improvement, hails Lukaku’s impact and updates on James injury

Lukaku scored on his second Blues debut and saw another header tipped onto the crossbar…

‘I’m very happy with the way he has integrated already. He’s a very smart guy, he likes to be in the group and he’s a very democratic leader so he talks to everybody.

‘He is very friendly, humble and totally competitive so he gives something to our game that we did not have so much to protect balls and play very direct up front into the last line.

‘He cannot start better than with a goal. He almost scored a second one but for a big save from Bernd Leno and he assisted some half-chances and chances as well so it’s a good start. Now we have to improve from here.’

The boss was asked whether that is what he expected from his new striker…

‘I didn’t expect too much. I wanted to be open to watch him, to see his strengths and his capability to adapt and link up with Kai and Mason.

‘This is what he did very well. The guys like to play with him and from here we can go into the details.’

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