Romelu Lukaku returns to Serie A in style, scores on Inter’s opening win against Leece

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Romelu Lukaku has justified his switch from Chelsea to Inter Milan after scoring in Inter Milan’s win against Leece in the 2022-2023 Serie A opening match. The Belgium international was on target as Inter Milan secured a dramatic victory over Lecce.

Lukaku stars as Inter beats Leece 2-1

Romelu Lukaku may well be on his way to gaining back the trust and admiration of the ‘interisti’ after a brilliant and lightning-speed header that swung Inter Milan into a quick but short-lived lead against Leece in their opening Serie A match.

The Chelsea forward, who is on a season-long loan with Inter Milan, headed past Leece’s goalkeeper to give the Nerazzurri an early lead. The lead was short-lived as the hosts struck back 3 minutes later thanks to Assan Ceesay.

Despite a more dominating and possessive game controlled by Inter, Leece mounted a heavy challenge as they sat back to drag the game and share spoils with the visitors.

Denzel Dumfries was the savior of the Nerazzurri. A last-minute effort fired from close range after a corner kick restored the lead for Inter Milan as they kickstart their 2022-2023 Serie A campaign with a crucial win.

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Lukaku joins Inter on loan from Chelsea

Inter Milan’s opening win against Leece and Romelu Lukaku’s opening goal was a significant one for the Belgium international.

Lukaku is on his second spell with Inter Milan. In his first spell with the club, Lukaku scored 65 goals in 95 matches to help the Nerazzurri reclaim the Serie A title.

He later returned to Chelsea for a record transfer fee. At Chelsea, Lukaku struggled to make a mark and replicate his clinical and brilliant form at Inter Milan without a headway.

He managed 8 goals in 26 appearances for the club, which left the club’s new co-owner Todd Boehly unimpressed with his performance.

Due to how hard things were for him at Chelsea, Lukaku yearned for a return to Milan, where he skimmed the waves and registered his presence at the club. The 29-year-old opted for a return to Italy after a dull and unimpressive outing with the Blues.

Inter’s football pattern suits Lukaku

Football analysts have pointed to the sad reality starring Lukaku in the face. Chelsea’s sit-back and reserved style of play, they argue, does not suit Lukaku’s style of play, hence his poor performance with the Blues.

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Inter Milan’s upfront and straight attacking approach, which leaves the number 9 with fewer tasks, best serves the former Manchester United and Everton striker.

Inter Milan could not re-sign Lukaku permanently, although the 29-year-old opted for a permanent return to the Italian giants. Todd Boehly and Thomas Tuchel decided to loan the striker to Inter Milan to concentrate on the task of restructuring the Blues for the 2022-2023 season.

The Nerazzurri will pay Chelsea ¬£6.9m, with ¬£3.5m in bonuses if they win the Scudetto. Lukaku accepted a 30% pay cut to join the club. He is aiming for a great season with the Italian club after admitting that he was “back home”.

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