After officially finishing his football transfer back to Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku says Serie A is a “completely different game”. Per Lukaku – ‘ with Antonio, we really learned how to go to the red zone’.
Lukaku compared playing in Italy and for Inter than in the Premier League and Chelsea, already having experience of both.
In Italy, Romelu Lukaku hit his stride. The striker scored 64 goals and dished out 16 assists in just 95 competitive games for the Nerazzurri.
This included winning Serie A and reaching the UEFA Europa League Final.
He has now returned to England and Chelsea in a €115 million deal. This, actually, has become the new record for a sale from a Serie A club.
And he has spoken about playing in Italy’s Serie A in contrast to playing for Chelsea in the Premier League.
Further, Lukaku has said how Antonio Conte “showed me what it took to win” at Inter.
Lukaku: With Antonio, We Really Learned How to Reach the Red Zone
“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.
Conte is well-known for pushing his players to their limits, and Lukaku is no exception, by his own admission now.
Lukaku said about his former coach, who also left Inter this summer (football transfer news):
“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.”