October 25, 2020 7:10:02 am
When Antonio Conte returned to Italy after two seasons teaching Chelsea, it wasn’t simply English Premier League and FA Cup trophies he introduced house.
Conte additionally collected a wealth of scouting data from England and a giant affinity for Romelu Lukaku, whom he dropped at Inter Milan in a club-record 80 million euro ($95 million) switch final yr.
On Saturday in Serie A, the former Everton and Manchester United striker again got here to the Nerazzurri’s rescue in beating Genoa 2-0.
“I always thought that Romelu was a diamond in the rough and that’s why I asked for him very loudly,” Conte stated.
Lukaku broke the impasse after the hour mark along with his seventh objective in six matches throughout all competitions. Danilo D’Ambrosio headed in one other for the guests.
Excluding penalties, Lukaku has extra targets — 22 — than some other foreigner in Serie A since he arrived final season.
“He’s really improved a lot since last year,” Conte stated.
Lukaku additionally scored twice — together with a last-minute equalizer — in a 2-2 draw at house with Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday.
This time, Lukaku’s objective got here after he traded passes with Nicolò Barella and fired into the far nook.
In the first half, Inter failed to supply a single shot on objective.
Inter was in determined want of a win after dropping the derby to AC Milan 2-1 final weekend, when Lukaku had the Nerazzurri’s solely objective.
A Europa League finalist two months in the past, Inter moved inside two factors of Milan, which leads Serie A by one level.
Genoa continues to be recovering after greater than 20 gamers and employees members examined optimistic for the coronavirus this month.
Samdoria gained its third straight by beating Atalanta 3-1 with targets from Fabio Quagliarella, Morten Thorsby and Jakub Jankto.
Duvan Zapata scored a penalty for Atalanta to momentarily make it 2-1.
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