JAMIE CARRAGHER slammed Romelu Lukaku after the Chelsea star missed a big chance against Real Madrid.
Lukaku, 28, came on as a second-half substitute but spurned a big chance to get his side back into the match with the Blues already trailing 3-1.
Cesar Azpilicueta’s deflected cross fell perfectly for Lukaku to head in but the striker failed to find the target.
He has struggled for form and goals this season and Carragher was critical of both the miss and how Lukaku has played since his big summer move.
Carragher told CBS Sports: “It’s not down to the manager, it’s down to Lukaku. It’s not about the love from a manager. You spend £100million on a player to make a difference in these games, and he can’t even get in the team.
“He’s got to do a lot more.
“I think he’s just below the elite. His goal record is fantastic, if you look at his numbers
“But I always feel whenever we’ve spoken about Lukaku, he gets a lot of goals but there’s always been a “but”.
“Even his record in the Premier League, if you look at the teams, it was never against the biggest teams.
“He’s a very good player, but when you’re talking about [Karim] Benzema, when you’re talking about Harry Kane, when you’re talking about [Robert] Lewandowski, for me he’s just always been a bit below that.
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“I don’t question the manager at all in that situation. This thing about needing love… just go and play well.”
Lukaku has scored just five Premier League goals since his £100million move and only two in the Champions League.
Worse still, Tuchel has dropped him in recent weeks with Kai Havertz, who scored against Real, operating as a false nine instead.
Micah Richards defended Lukaku by suggesting he has hit a rough patch because he “does not feel loved” at Chelsea, which prompted Carragher’s outburst