Even this cage of red shirts did not prevent the likes of Jorginho, Kovacic and Mount from arrowing passes passes through the midfield into Lukaku’s feet.
Lukaku’s involvement in Chelsea’s second goal may not earn him any statistical acknowledgements, but it did demonstrate what he brings to the team.
He dropped inside between the lines, enticing Pablo Mari and Kieran Tierney into his area.
This gave James the freedom of the city to receive Mount’s pass, look up, and smash into the top corner.
In the second half, Chelsea elected to sit back and protect their lead, but this did not mean Lukaku was out of the action.
In fact, it showed the newly improved side of his game, as Chelsea were able to loft balls into the centre-forward for him to control and hold the ball up.