Thomas Tuchel says he will not Chelsea’s style of play in order to suit Romelu Lukaku.
The striker has struggled for fitness and form since his big-money move back to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan during the summer.
Lukaku was recently disciplined for stating in an interview on Italian television that he was unhappy under Tuchel and wanted to return to Inter in the near future.
Blues boss Tuchel was asked at a press conference on Monday if he could change his approach and perhaps play with a more direct style in order to get the best out of Lukaku.
“No, I think we do everything to help him,” the German replied.
“I think this is absolutely the wrong question because it’s focusing on one player.
“He’s a key player and we want him to be a key player, but this is not about (one player), this is a team sport and it’s not about 10 players serving one player – this is not Chelsea and this is not football.
“Every player serving the team; this is the highest principle and this will never change.”
Tuchel also refused to be drawn on the issue of the future of Chelsea youngster Armando Broja.
The youngster has impressed at Southampton, who are keen to sign him permanently.
Tuchel said: “He’s our player and he’s doing good. But at the same time it’s only half-season.
“He needs to continue to improve and to make his statement at Southampton.
“Now is not the moment to discuss about someone. Now is the moment for him to stay calm and keep on improving.”