Romelu Lukaku is mistreated by Chelsea and the Blues could be the best team in Europe if they use it correctly, according to Antonio Conte.
The Belgian star returned to Stamford Bridge for a club record of £ 97.5m from Inter Milan at the end of the season, after scoring 24 goals in 36 Serie A games during last season’s winning campaign under Conte.
The 28-year-old has scored four goals in seven games in all competitions for the Blues, including winning against Zenit in the first Champions League game. It made him only the second player to score for two English clubs on his debut in the competition after Mario Balotelli.
However, Conte believes Thomas Tuchel can get more out of his new signing to make Chelsea the best team in Europe.
“He [Romelu Lukaku] he’s a very specific striker, “Conte told Sky Sport Italia ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League match against Juventus on Wednesday.
“Carrying Lukaku in the box is dangerous. However, when he starts in midfield, he is incredibly fast. It is very difficult to find a player who is a target but who can also escape from the midfield.
“The good thing about Romelu is that he can hurt you anywhere. If you keep him away from the penalty area, he can kill you at his own pace. If you have him in the box, he has the physicality to be a target man.
“Last season they didn’t have a real striker, so they reversed their positions, while Romelu is a real point of reference in attack. If they can figure out how to use Lukaku, Chelsea can become the team to beat in the Champions League this season. ”
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Indeed, Lukaku has gone from strength to strength following his first Chelsea goal against Arsenal in his 16th appearance with the club, nine years and 360 days after his initial debut.
But Conte insists that Lukaku, who last season became the only player in the last 15 Serie A seasons to have at least 20 goals and 10 assists in a single season, can offer more for Tuchel if the Blues use him correctly. .
“He is a generous man, someone who also gives you assists”, continued Conte. “This is Lukaku specific [talent], which I also see in [Erling] Haaland.
“He still has room for technical improvement, but he has already reached very high levels. It can improve in some stages of the game, sometimes it needs to be turned on.
“He is impressive, he is one of the most difficult forwards to face. It should always be played, but at Chelsea they didn’t quite understand how to use it. ”