Antonio Conte backs Chelsea’s failure Romelu Lukaku to become Premier League success despite nightmare return to Stamford Bridge… as Spurs boss insists Belgian needed ‘more time to make an impact’ .
- Antonio Conte has backed Romelu Lukaku to be good in English football
- The Italian insisted Lukaku needed “more time to make an impact” at Chelsea
- The two know each other well from their title-winning season at Inter Milan
- Conte’s Spurs travel to Stamford Bridge in their second league game on Sunday
Romelu Lukaku can still be a success in the Premier League, according to Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, who has suggested his former player needed more love at Chelsea.
Conte takes his Spurs side to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but there will be no head-to-head battle between two of the world’s best strikers.
Harry Kane will lead the line for the visitors but Thomas Tuchel could once again be on the mend for the hosts, who have struggled in front of goal for a long time.
Antonio Conte will be looking to land one at his former club when Spurs travel to Chelsea
The Italian backed failed Romelu Lukaku Chelsea to finish well in the Premier League
The £97m signing of Lukaku last summer was expected to solve Chelsea’s attacking problems, but the Belgian struggled and has returned to Inter Milan on loan.
It was at the San Siro under Conte that the former Manchester United striker was among the best in his position on his way to helping Inter win the Serie A title in 2021 and his former boss believes the 29-year-old can still. flourish in England.
He said: “I think Romelu lived two years in Milan and he was the king. The fans showed him a lot of passion and I think he’s a guy who needs it.
“That’s why I think he wanted to go back to Milan, but for sure the signing was a good signing for Chelsea. Then you know very well that there are players who need more time to make an impact.
“We are talking about a player who came back to Chelsea and is now on loan at Inter for this season, but he has the potential to play in the Premier League.
Conte knows Lukaku well from their title-winning season together at Inter Milan in 2020-21
“I remember very well when he started playing last season, he played very well and you in the media said that Lukaku is very strong.
“A lot can happen and you lose confidence. I’m sure he’s a bit disappointed with his impact because he wanted to make another impact in England.
‘But he has time. Now it’s his turn to play in an important club in Italy, try to regain confidence in himself, but we are talking about a very important and very good striker.”
While Spurs have regularly seen Harry Kane, and now even Son Heung-min, reach the 20-goal mark in the Premier League, the last Chelsea player to do so was Diego Costa five years ago .
He moved on to Conte’s opening campaign in England, where he guided the Blues to the title.
Spurs haven’t had to worry about goals since Harry Kane broke into their first team
An FA Cup would follow in his second and final season at Stamford Bridge before he left in acrimonious circumstances, but the 53-year-old has only fond memories of his time under Roman Abramovich.
“I spent two important years at Chelsea which I really enjoyed,” added Conte.
“We won the Premier League and then the FA Cup. We also lost the FA Cup final. It was my first experience in England and everything was new to me, but I really enjoyed that time. Yes, I have with me a good feeling.
“I have seen the Abramovich era come to an end, but this person led the team to become one of the best clubs in the world.
“I was happy to be part of Chelsea history and the Abramovich era. And at the same time give him two trophies.’
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