The German tactician failed to guide his boys to victory during match against Juventus last night
With Chelsea having lost two consecutive games, former Blues manager and Lukaku’s last manager, Conte shared his belief of how Thomas Tuchel isn’t using the Belgian aright.
Inter Milan ended Juve’s reign of the Serie A in the just completed season with Romelu Lukaku hitting major milestones while under Antonio Conte.
Blues pushed and succeeded in re-signing the player whom they had sold to Everton years back but since his arrival, he hasn’t actually been scoring as he used to in Inter Milan.
Lukaku has gone few games without registering any goal and Conte believes this is actually because of how he is been used in the team.
“A coach is good if he can improve players. I think we did great work with Romelu over two years,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.
“He is a very specific striker. Bringing Lukaku into the box, he is dangerous. However, when he starts from midfield, he is incredibly quick. It is very difficult to find a player who is both a target man, but can also run from midfield.
“These are also characteristics I can see in Erling Haaland. I had been tracking Lukaku for a very long time and wanted him when I was at Chelsea, even when he was at West Brom.”
The former Chelsea boss continued: “During the game, there are moments when Lukaku needs to be turned on, but other than that he is one of the toughest forwards to play against, because he can do damage in any area of the pitch. If you have a centre-forward like that, you need to use him and I don’t think Chelsea have quite figured out how to use him yet.
“Last season, they didn’t have a proper centre-forward, so they rotated positions, whereas Romelu is a real reference point in attack. If they can figure out how to use Lukaku, then Chelsea can become the team to beat in the Champions League this season.”
Thomas Tuchel in turn has given his own thought following the comment from Conte after the match against Juventus.
“He is still new in the group and will need time to settle properly. The good thing is that he has been in the Premier League before now and knows how it works here.
“Am happy to have him in the team, his influence is doing a good job. Hopefully he scores against Southampton.”