GEREMI EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea CAN catch City and Lukaku will be vital

GEREMI EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea CAN still catch Man City in the Premier League title race and Romelu Lukaku will be vital… his attitude in the wake of *that* interview has been magnificent – the players must now focus on themselves and not look at their rivals

  • Romelu Lukaku’s bombshell interview with Italian media took me by surprise 
  • For me, his body language and attitude differs greatly to the words he said 
  • Lukaku was magnificent in Chelsea’s win against Tottenham and will be vital
  • Chelsea can close the gap on Man City, but need to just focus on themselves 
  • Cameroon’s Geremi was speaking to MailOnline on behalf of Genting Casino 
  • READ: Geremi on his anger at Klopp and why AFCON will be safe for players 

AFCON is fast approaching and excitement is growing as some of football’s biggest names arrive in Cameroon for the start of the tournament. 

A whole host of Premier League players will be hoping to make their mark on the competition, including Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane, and Senegal are the current favourites to lift the trophy in February.

Sportsmail has recruited Cameroon, Chelsea and Newcastle legend Geremi as our AFCON expert, and here he gives his thoughts on the Blues’ title chances, Romelu Lukaku’s explosive interview and John Terry the manager.

There was nobody more surprised by Romelu Lukaku’s bombshell interview than me. 

Chelsea were placed in a very tricky position after he spoke of his frustrations at Stamford Bridge, as well as saying that he wishes to return to Inter one day.

From an outside point of view, there is a clear contradiction between the words that Lukaku has said and his attitude. His body language, to me, seems far removed from the comments he made last week.

I was shocked to hear of Romelu Lukaku’s bombshell interview with Italian media last week

I watched the last game against Tottenham and I felt his attitude was magnificent. Thomas Tuchel really cannot have any complaints about the Belgian’s approach to the game because he always gives 100 per cent.

That is what you can expect from Lukaku, so when I saw the news of his interview it took me by surprise.

If Chelsea were not doing well, I could understand any frustrations he may have. But they are second in the Premier League, they are still in the Champions League and they are still in the League Cup. 

The Chelsea striker expressed his Stamford Bridge frustrations during his interview last week 

However, his words do not match his attitude on the pitch, which I feel is ‘magnificent’

And they will need their £97.5million man to be on top form to take the Premier League title from Manchester City’s clutches.

A lot of people are saying that Pep Guardiola’s side have opened up an unassailable lead, but a 10-point gap is easy to close, it is only three games.

For the players, my advice would be not to look at the gap and just focus on your own games. If City don’t lose any matches all you can say is “OK, well done”. 

But if I am in Tuchel’s dressing room, all I am focused on is my future, go game by game and try to win every match. At the end of the season, you can look at the table.   

Thomas Tuchel cannot fault Lukaku’s effort and will need him to chase down Man City

City are 10 points ahead but my former club can close that gap but need to stay focused

Elsewhere, my old Chelsea team-mate John Terry is making his first steps into a coaching career. He returned to Cobham last week to take up a coaching consultant role and, in my view, he could be a good manager.

When you look at his career, and I played with him, you can see the hunger and the attitude that John showed every day.

We, as footballers, need that kind of person to be in the game because when he was playing he had that hunger, a good attitude, he was a strong, positive leader.

As a manager or coach, he will transfer that mentality to the younger generation which can only be good. If he goes for it, I wish him all the best and I truly think he has the quality to be one of the good managers.

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