The return to grace of Romelu Lukaku ignites Belgium and Italy


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In full reconstruction, Belgium made its debut with Domenico Tedesco on his bench. After a hell of a fiasco during the last World Cup in Qatar, with in particular an elimination from the group stage, the Red Devils wanted to resume their march forward during this international break. The new coach of the Belgian selection had also decided to appoint a new captain, like Kylian Mbappé in the French team, in the person of Kévin De Bruyne. A choice criticized when Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku could also claim this honorary distinction but oh so important for these two players who coveted it.

Even if this choice could seem logical in view of the influence of Kévin De Bruyne on the game of Manchester City but also on that of Belgium, like his XXL performance against Germany (an achievement and two assists ), Romelu Lukaku was favored by his teammates and the Belgian press. But now, despite his experience at the highest level, his mastery of several languages ​​and his bond with all his teammates, both old and new, the Inter striker did not finally receive the vote. the most important, that of his coach. It must be said that the powerful Belgian has achieved more than average two last seasons whether on the side of Chelsea or in Italy, he who should not be kept by the Milan club at the end of the season.

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The international break therefore came at the right time for Romelu Lukaku who carried the Red Devils with a resounding hat-trick against Sweden for the first of Domenico Tedesco on the Belgium bench. A great way to silence the critics. Especially since he was still in the oven and in the mill against Germany, for the first victory of the Belgian selection over the Mannschaft since 1954, with a goal and a crossbar that could have killed the suspense at the half. – hour of play. Especially his duet with Kévin De Bruyne illuminated the meeting in Cologne. Two performances that ignited the press of the Flat country. “Another spearhead of our formation, Lukaku. The Belgian striker has scored more in two matches than in fifteen appearances for Inter Milan in Serie A. rejoiced the RTBF before continuing his relationship with De Bruyne and Tedesco.

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“His duet with De Bruyne works sensationally. Moreover, Big Rom feels the coach’s confidence. He is the player with whom, on the field, Tedesco spoke the most during the first two matches of his era. Lukaku is also the initiator, the first curtain of the pressing desired by his coach. During the celebration of the victory, it was he who took the coach’s arm to raise it, as if to attest that the latter has a leading role in what is happening at the moment around the Belgian team. More than useful as a pivot, the former Anderlecht striker scored his 72nd goal with the Red Devils. And he’s not yet thirty. He is stunning”, continued to abound the French-language media. A release for Romelu Lukaku but also that of a whole country which was waiting for it to ignite.

Newfound confidence

Same story on the other side of the Alps even if the Italian media hope that Big Rom can keep this pace by returning to Inter. “Romelu Lukaku sends unequivocal messages: he is coming back in excellent shape and the two games played with Belgium have done a lot of good for his morale. This afternoon, he will be at the Pinetina (Inter training center, editor’s note) for a tiring training, although now Big Rom no longer feels tired and is flying on the wings of enthusiasm. The feeling is that his “real season” starts now”wrote for his part the Gazzetta dello Sport this Wednesday for the return of Romelu Lukaku to Italy. If Big Rom has silenced the critics for now, he will have to maintain this level of performance until the end of the season to remind everyone what a player he can be when he is confident. Even if the Nerazzurri fans welcome his return to form, the powerful Belgian striker will be closely scrutinized this weekend against Fiorentina.

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