Antonio Conte gives his opinion on Lukaku’s first touch

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The Belgian, who left Old Trafford after just two years to join the Nerazzurri last summer, has enjoyed the most prolific season of his career in his debut year in Italy and bagged two more in the 5-0 hammering of Shakhtar Donetsk to take his tally to 33 goals for the season. Lukaku’s first touch has often been made fun of as this is what many consider to be his Achilles’ heel. However, his manager seems unconcerned at the jibe regularly thrown at his top scorer.

“His first touch nonsense does not bother me at all. They just don’t like him. But with me, he is in good hands. Lukaku has been a great striker, only good coaches know how to use him. At Belgium National Team he is their top scorer. One thing I know about him is that he does not like to see goalkeepers. He has scored all kinds of goals.

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If you can break Samuel Eto’o’s long-standing record of the most goals in a season at Inter, what more would you want him to do? Too many agendas against top black players. They don’t feel good when a black player is super talented, they look for his imperfections as if they are perfect. Let us all learn to praise and give credit to the players despite their origins.”

Romelu Lukaku

Antonio Conte and Lukaku finally united this season after a failed attempt by the Italian to sign him during his time at Chelsea. With how prolific Lukaku has been under Conte, many Chelsea fans will be left to wonder what could have been if they had signed the Belgian instead of Morata in the summer of 2017.

But for now, Conte and Lukaku are solely focused on tomorrow’s Europa League final against Sevilla where they will be looking to cap off an excellent debut season with Inter’s first piece of continental silverware since winning the Champions League under Jose Mourinho a decade ago.

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