Here the second part of the interview granted by Romelu Lukaku to the "Corriere dello Sport". His idols in the Nerazzurri, Ronaldo and Adriano, the first impact with Antonio Conte and the comparison with José Mourinho. The first part of the interview, where the Belgian talks about his impact with Serie A and promises great goals for Inter, can be found here.
GIANT – Romelu Lukaku has a strong character. Early season criticisms have not touched him by an inch. He continued to work hard and is now reaping the benefits: " I got injured in the first week of training with Manchester United and missed all the preparation. I didn't even play a game while touring Asia. Inter and United were talking about my transfer and also for this with the Red Devils I didn't train much. I ran forty minutes on the field alone and then returned to the locker room. When I arrived at Inter, they knew what I needed and they prepared specific work sheets for 2-3 weeks, I improved day after day. Now I can say I'm 100%, but I don't want to stop. Relationship with the fans? I didn't expect to become a darling so quickly. Respect for people is important to me, but also that of my companions. When I arrived even though I didn't understand something, I asked them to talk to me in Italian. In two or three weeks I learned your language. He helped me listen to the commentary on my brother's games, but above all the motivations helped me “.
PASSION – On his idols of the Nerazzurri history, Lukaku has no doubts: “ I've always had the desire to play in Inter. As soon as I heard that the Nerazzurri club wanted me, I made my decision and told my agent. I was a big fan of Adriano when he was wearing this shirt and I was also a fan of Ronaldo : he scored in the first final that I remember seeing as a child, that of the Uefa Cup against Lazio in 1998. I think I look like Adriano: he was great too , big, fast and left-handed. I watched his games with Inter and dreamed of being like him. I remember that against Udinese he scored an incredible goal. I had promised myself that if one day I had the opportunity to play in Italy it would have been only for Inter. What I wanted so far has always occurred. I thank God for helping me in everything. Count ? He called me only at the end of the negotiation, when I was about to take the plane to Milan. He told me: 'Get ready to work' and I replied: 'No problem'. I knew he wanted me because we talked to each other a little when we met in Singapore for Manchester-Inter. We didn't exchange many words because everyone was watching us and we didn't want to feed the voices “.
IDILLIO – The relationship with the Lecce technician has already appeared very solid: " He is one who always wants to win, transmits great motivations and prepares matches to perfection. Never seen something like this in my entire career: when I go out with him, I'm ready for any situation. There is none that can take us by surprise. Conte is a leader and we players follow him thinking only of the team. When he is happy he tells you, but if he does not like things and is angry he does not hide it. Compare with José Mourinho ? They are the two best coaches I have had: they have the same characteristics even if they use different game systems. With both I think I gave my best, because if you don't, it's hard with them. Mou at Tottenham ? I'm really happy for him and I think that with José on the bench in the next two years Tottenham will win something. This season maybe he will take home one of the two national cups, while the next one will fight to win the Premier. Because? Because Mourinho has won everywhere. He is a top coach, has very strong players, a fantastic stadium and hot fans. In short, there are the prerequisites for taking satisfaction away. Pochettino was also good and prepared: he was also a bit unlucky and when a technician is fired the players are always sorry ".
Source : Il Corriere dello Sport – Pietro Guadagno – Andrea Ramazzotti
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