"Tuttosport" underlines the devastating impact of Lukaku in Serie A. The Belgian must now find a way to unlock himself in the Champions League.
A NINE OF OTHER TIMES – A striker never seen before. Just ask Gleison Bremer, Federico Peluso, Massimiliano Mangraviti, victims of his impact force which, at least in Italy, is something different from what we had seen in recent years . Romelu Lukaku, by size, remembers bomber from another era, from John Charles to Gunnar Nordahl, who knew how to move the opposing defenders like shells bringing back football to a primordial simplicity. Antonio Conte, the man who convinced Lukaku to accept the Inter offer and the first sponsor of his purchase with Suning, had seen us right. Not by chance – strong of an unshakable feeling with the player he programmed Inter to take full advantage of his abilities: dry, vertical play, without forgetting the long throw even from the defense. Then, once freed in the open field, Lukaku becomes unstoppable.
RECORD NUMBERS – In fact, the Belgian is also taking advantage of the surprise effect, favored by having a physique out of the ordinary for a tournament like ours. His numbers are impressive: in the history of Inter only Stefano Nyers (in 1948/49) had managed to score an extra goal (11) after thirteen days of the championship. With the Turin network, among other things, for the eighth consecutive season Romelu arrived in double figures (among the great bomber of Europe only Lewandowski was faster).
AGAINST PRESSURE AND PROBLEMS – And to say that there was no lack of pressure in Lukaku : he had to replace Mauro Icardi (eighth bomber in the history of the club with 124 goals to his credit) and is gliding to Milan as the highest paid player in the history of the club (65 million plus 10 bonus and 5% on resale). Instead he crumbled all the numbers of the great bomber jackets in the history of the club. Christian Vieri – for years the most expensive purchase of Inter – he arrived only in February in double figures, Diego Milito in mid-December (but closed his first championship in the Nerazzurri with 22 goals), while Samuel Eto'o arrived "only" in March at ten. Ronaldo, the phenomenon, instead served eighteen days. And to say that the Belgian of problems has had in this first part of the season , also due to a summer in which Lukaku has always trained as a soldier also at United but with an intensity that was that of a player in step d 'goodbye. At Inter he had to accelerate but his grenadier body presented the bill first with a fatigue on his quadriceps (which cost him first the bench in Genoa, then the trip to Barcelona), then with a glute problem finally an inflammation at the tip of the foot.
UNLOCK IN CHAMPIONS – Problems that have been magnified by the difficulties in the Champions League where the defenders are more used to marking that kind of striker. The fact that he has not yet scored in Europe is still random (if Lautaro Martinez had handed him the ball in Dortmund instead of going to him at the conclusion on 0-1 to Borussia so many speeches would not be made) it is certain that if Inter wants to think of catching the qualification in the second round can not ignore the goals of his striker already in Prague, in the race that can deliver to the Nerazzurri the chance of a life with Barcelona (who will have to beat Dortmund at Camp Nou first). The records remain the two goals scored at the PSG (March 6), the last of the Belgian in the Champions League: a very distant memory for a goal machine like Lukaku.
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