Former Inter striker Romelu Lukuku has compared Serie A and Premier League having played at both the leagues. The Belgian international says Serie A is a “completely different game” than the Premier League. Lukaku also claims that Antonio Conte “showed me what it took to win” at Inter. As per football news, Conte is well-known for pushing his players to their limits, and Lukaku is no exception.
In Italy, the striker hit his stride, scoring 64 goals and dishing out 16 assists in just 95 competitive games for the Nerazzurri. This includes reaching Europa League Final and winning Serie A. He has now returned to Stamford Bridge in a €115 million football transfer deal, a new record for a sale from a Serie A club.
“I think going to Italy basically showed the world what I can do along with me playing with the national team of Belgium,” he told The Independent newspaper. “To learn how to win is basically pushing the barrier. Every trainer has a different way of coaching, but with Antonio, we really learned how to go to the red zone. That was it.”
“In the second season, we were much more consistent in winning big games. That made the difference against big opponents. As a player, the Italian game is so different. It’s so tactical and technical. You have to make the right run or movement to get another player free. We always had a lot of possession, so we were playing in the opposite half. Most of the time you were back to goal, and everything was going through me.”
“I remember having a conversation with Conte about this and he told me if I wasn’t good at that, I wouldn’t play. For me that was an eye-opener. Once I mastered that aspect then for me everything became easier. The game would slow down, and I could control the game more and give more assists. That was really something I wanted to do and I wanted to experience that in another country, where I think it would be beneficial for the rest of my career.”
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