Romelu Lukaku bagged a goal on his Chelsea debut against Arsenal and the Belgian was joined by Didier Drogba in leading the taunts against their London rivals
Romelu Lukaku led the chorus of Chelsea taunts with club legend Didier Drogba claiming “London is blue” after helping down capital rivals Arsenal with a goal on his debut.
The Belgian striker was making his second debut for the goal following his £97.5million move from Inter Milan earlier in August.
And the 28-year-old hit the ground running with a debut strike just 14 minutes into the clash at the Emirates.
He held up the play superbly and laid it off to Mason Mount who found Reece James out wide and when the wing-back laid the ball on a plate, Lukaku tucked it away with consummate ease.
It was his first Premier League goal for the Blues on his 11th Premier League appearance for the club, having failed to score during his first stint at the club between 2011 and 2013.
He threatened to add to his tally every time he got on the ball and tormented Pablo Mari and Rob Holding for the majority of the afternoon.
Lukaku, a boyhood Chelsea fan growing up in Belgium, could not hide his delight after realising his “childhood dream”.
And just to pile the misery, the prolific frontman taunted sorry Arsenal fans after helping Chelsea defeat their London neighbours.
“Big win today. Childhood dream became reality,” he wrote on his official Twitter account.
“Finally i can say it to [sic] LONDON IS blue. C’mon @chelseafc.”
His inspirational words struck a chord with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who had been a passionate advocate for Lukaku’s return during the transfer window.
The Ivorian was even one of the first to jump the gun and announce Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge before it was officially confirmed.
And the 41-year-old, who enjoyed a dominant spell of scoring against Arsenal during his playing days in west London, reinforced Lukaku’s assertion and praised his display.
“London has always been blue,” the Blues legend wrote back.
“Great start my People @RomeluLukaku9 @ChelseaFC #theprideoflondon.”
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was pleased with how Lukaku fared on his first outing in a blue shirt for eight years and revealed how he has quickly settled into the squad.
The German admitted he did not expect “too much” from the striker after only working with the squad over the past week, but his impact left the 47-year-old feeling satisfied.
“I’m very happy with how he has integrated already,” Tuchel told Sky Sports in his post-match interview.
“He is a very smart guy. He is a very democratic leader, talks to everybody as a leader and is very humble and competitive.
“He gives something to our game we didn’t have as he protects the ball so we can play direct.
“You can’t start better than with a goal and almost scored a second but it was a big save from Leno.
“It’s a good start but we have to improve from here.”
Chelsea face another tough test with a trip to Anfield coming up on August 28, with Jurgen Klopp’s side joint-top with Tuchel’s men after beating Norwich and Burnley.