Antonio Conte backs Chelsea flop Romelu Lukaku to become a Premier League success despite his nightmarish return to Stamford Bridge… as Spurs boss insists the Belgian needed ‘more time to make an impact’
- Antonio Conte backed Romelu Lukaku to get good at English football
- The Italian insists Lukaku needs ‘more time to make an impact’ at Chelsea
- The two have known each other well since their title-winning season at Inter Milan
- Conte’s Spurs travel to Stamford Bridge for their second league game on Sunday
Romelu Lukaku can still be a Premier League success, according to Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, who has suggested his former player needs more love at Chelsea.
Conte takes his Spurs side to Stamford Bridge on Sunday but there will be no one-on-one battle between two of the world’s best strikers.
Harry Kane will lead the line for the visitors but Thomas Tuchel could again go with a false nine for the hosts, who have been dogged by problems in front of goal for a long time.
Antonio Conte will be looking to get one on his former club when Spurs travel to Chelsea
The Italian backed Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku flop to finally get Premier League good
Signing Lukaku for £97m last summer was expected to solve Chelsea’s attacking problems but the Belgian has struggled and is back with Inter Milan on loan.
It was at the San Siro under Conte that the former Manchester United striker proved to be among the best in his role to help Inter win the Serie A title in 2021 and his former boss believes the 29-year-old can still thrive in England.
He said: “I think Romelu lived two years in Milan and he was the king. The fans have shown him a lot of passion and I think he’s a guy who needs that.
“For that reason, I think he wanted to come 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 to have an impact.
“We are talking about a player who came back to Chelsea and now he is 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 was really strong.
“A lot of things can happen and bring confidence down. I know he is a bit disappointed with his impact because he wanted to have another impact in England.
“But he has time. Now it’s just for him to play for an important club in Italy, to try to regain his confidence, but we’re talking about a really important and really good striker.
While Spurs have regularly seen Harry Kane, and now even Son Heung-min, hit the 20-goal mark in the Premier League, the last Chelsea player to do so was Diego Costa five years ago.
It happened during Conte’s first 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 enjoyed very much,” 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 enjoyed that period a lot. Yeah, I brings with me a good feeling.
“I saw that the Abramovich era was over, but that person led the team to become one of the best clubs in the world.
“I was delighted to be part of the history of Chelsea and the Abramovich era. And at the same time to present him with two trophies.