Conte supervised the Belgian striker during Inter’s Scudetto-winning season after bringing him over £74 million from Manchester United in 2019. Last season, they fought off Juventus for the Serie A title, ending the Nerazzurri’s 11-year wait for the Italian title.
Lukaku scored 64 goals in 95 appearances for Inter during Conte’s two seasons at the San Siro, but after the Italian coach’s unexpected exit in the summer, the 28-year-old striker also parted ways with Inter, joining European champions Chelsea for £97.5 million in August.
Lukaku has scored four goals in eight games since rejoining Chelsea, and he recently returned to Italian territory as the Blues faced Juventus in the Champions League group stages, however, he went scoreless as Thomas Tuchel’s side lost 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Conte recently mentioned Erling Haaland as the striker who most closely resembles Belgium’s all-time leading goalscorer, with both strikers being very adept at gathering the ball deep and pushing at defenders.
“He is a very specific striker. Bringing Lukaku into the box, he is dangerous. However, when he starts from midfield, he is incredibly quick. It is very difficult to find a player who is both a target man, but can also run from midfield,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.
“These are also characteristics I can see in Erling Haaland. I had been tracking Lukaku for a very long time and wanted him when I was at Chelsea, even when he was at West Brom.
“It’s a tactical situation too, a centre-forward who goes looking for the opposition defender, backs into him and lays it off for whoever is supporting him. That is a tactical approach used in basketball as well.
“The good thing about Romelu is that he can hurt you anywhere. If you keep him far away from the penalty area, he can kill you with his pace. If you have him in the box, he has the physicality to be a target man.”
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