Thomas Tuchel was proud of Romelu Lukaku’s goal-scoring “personality”, which was central to Chelsea’s unbeaten Premier League debut.
Belgium’s Lukaku scored a double as his first Stamford Bridge goal, and the Blues beat Aston Villa 3-0 in west London.
Mateo Kovacic set up Lukaku’s first goal, then dinked home a tidy finish. Chelsea moved second after three wins and one draw.
Boss Tuchel praised Lukaku, a summer recruit from PS98million who has scored three goals in the Blues’ league games.
Tuchel said, “Today he made a difference. He adds another profile to our team.”
He has the personality and self-confidence to know what he is up to. He wants to help the team score and has the confidence to do so.
“They were difficult goals. There were no easy tap ins. He made it possible for us to get three points today.
“He brings something to the group that we didn’t have before.”
“So he was very,very good and we are very happy.”
Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United and Lukaku, Chelsea’s forward, each bagged a brace during Saturday’s Premier League action. Both forwards had dominated Serie A last season.
Lukaku was equal to Ronaldo’s United haul but Tuchel wouldn’t be drawn on any possible battle for the term’s golden boot.
When asked who would score more league goals between Lukaku, Ronaldo and Tuchel, Tuchel replied: “I don’t care as long as Lukaku scores!
“Honestly, I’m sorry, I don’t have an answer.
“Romelu wants Chelsea to win and that’s what he did today.
“That’s why they’re here. He’s not afraid to talk about his ambitions loud because he has the confidence and personality to handle them. He demonstrated this today.”
After his deadline-day loan transfer from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea, Saul Niguez made Chelsea his debut but the Spain midfielder struggled to match the Premier League pace.
Tuchel, who was 26 years old, replaced Jorginho at half-time and admitted that it was a hard decision.
Tuchel stated, “It was hard, but he was struggling. And I take responsibility for that.”
“I placed him in a difficult match, after a national break. It was difficult to adjust to the physicality, and in general for him, high intensity and high pressing.
“It was also difficult for him to adjust to our system. We decided to give him more stability by switching to 5-3-2 with Jorginho in the second half.
“It was hard but I hope he can understand that it’s my responsibility. He seemed to be able to adapt in training, but today was intense. I found it very, very unusual that he had easy ball losses.
“So, before he lost any confidence, I thought it best that he be taken off.”
Dean Smith regretted several missed opportunities early on, but insisted that his Villa side can keep their heads high.
Smith stated, “I am frustrated by the scoreline but we didn’t take our moments today.”
“We don’t need to go to Chelsea like we would have two years ago. We can sit with a deep block, and then look for a counterattack.
“I believe we can now actually go and ask questions. We did that in the first part.
“The second goal, a big mistake, took some wind out of our sails.
“There is a lot of faith in this team, and we’ll move it forward regardless of the scoreline today.”