Antonio Conte says Chelsea aren’t using Romelu Lukaku in the desired way

Romelu Lukaku of FC Internazionale celebrates with Antonio Conte coach
Romelu Lukaku of FC Internazionale celebrates with Antonio Conte coach - IMAGO / Insidefoto

The Italian boss claims that his former protege is not being used properly by Chelsea.

Former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has said that Chelsea are not using Romelu Lukaku to the fullest.

The Italian manager, who was instrumental in Lukaku’s resurgence at Inter, claims that Tuchel hasn’t sorted out how to get the best out of Big Rom.

Lukaku returned to Stamford Bridge on a record deal in the summer transfer window after back-to-back prolific seasons in Serie A.

The Belgian striker also hit the ground running at Chelsea, scoring 4 goals in 6 games across all competitions.

However, Lukaku failed to impress in the last two outings for the Blues, especially in the defeats against Manchester City and Juventus in the Champions League last night.

Conte says Lukaku has room for improvement, although he is one of the best fearsome strikers in Europe at the moment.

The Italian boss said (h/t The Daily Mail): ” I think he can still do better, above all with his technique. He is already at a very high level, but a player must keep improving until the day he retires. 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.”

Conte also added that the Blues have great chances of retaining the Champions League title should they get the best out of Lukaku.

The Italian gaffer added: ” 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.”

Tuchel’s side appears to be slipping up their momentum after back to back losses against Man City and the Italian giants Juventus.