Romelu Lukaku scored for Chelsea in his first match after a return from Serie A side Inter. It’s been seven years since he last wore that shirt, and his second debut against Arsenal on Sunday turned into a dreamy afternoon. Lukaku opened the score in a “unique” performance, which the player himself described as a “major”.
His strike was his first goal for the football club, after failing to hit the net in his three years and 15 previous appearances at Stamford Bridge between 2011 and 2014, when he was a peripheral character and never made his Premier League debut.
European champions Chelsea won a 2–0 football score over their defeated rivals Arsenal in London, and there are early indications that Thomas Tuchel’s team will stall this season, which will include Lukaku.
Lukaku recorded an amazing beginning with a return to his boyhood club. Belgium international Lukaku has returned to “a club he supported as a kid” for a second spell after moving to Everton, Manchester United, and most recently Inter Milan, who were paid £97.5 million by the Blues. The transfer fee has made the 28-year-old the second most expensive Premier League player of all time following Manchester City’s £100million transfer Jack Grealish.
Against Arsenal he did not disappoint, the kind of form that saw him rebuild his reputation in Italy – scoring 64 goals in 95 appearances and helping Inter win their first title in 2010 – after a difficult time at Manchester United.
Lukaku made a good start, reaching after only 14 minutes with the third touch of the game and celebrating with a finger to his lips. Only a brilliant save by Bernd Leno saw him deny for a second while hitting Lukaku’s header into the bar. In all, he completed 19 of his 20 passes against the Gunners and challenged 15 doubles, more than any other player.
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