Tuesday 4 May 2021
Dpa / statesperform – Romelu Lukaku hopes to lead the Belgian national team to glory in the Euro 2020 European Football Championship, after he acquired what he described as a “killer mentality” after winning the Italian League title with his team, Inter Milan.
Lukaku, 27, scored 21 goals and set up ten goals for his teammates this season with Inter, who won the title on Sunday for the first time in 11 years.
Lukaku won only the second title in his career in 12 years, after winning the Belgian League with Anderlecht in the 2009/2010 season.
Lukaku, who joined Inter Milan from Manchester United in August 2019, has set his sights on leading his country to win its first title in its history in the postponed European Championship 2020.
“Winning a title with the club gives you experience that teaches you how to deal with matches, and you have that murderous mentality,” Lukaku told La Tribune newspaper.
He added, “This is something I have not had in my career. I gave up many times before that. Then I said to myself, I am tired. Now I am 27 years old. It is time for a change, but work does not stop here.”
And Lukaku continued: “But at the moment I am happy that we are the champions, but I am really focusing on the European nations because they are important to me.”
“I wish the other players in Belgium, such as Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Axel Festel and Kevin De Bruyne, to win titles as well,” he said.
“It would be good for the team, it would bring good spirit and we would all be able to move forward,” he said.
Lukaku scored 23.6 percent of his shots, becoming the first player in the Italian league to score 20 goals and make ten goals in the same season since the 2004/2005 season.
And the former Chelsea striker has scored and created 31 goals in the Italian league this season more than any other player, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus striker, with 30 goals.
Despite having delivered one of his heaviest seasons in front of goal to date, Lukaku does not consider himself the best striker in the world.
“Without a doubt, he is Karim Benzema,” said Lukaku.
Benzema, the Real Madrid striker, scores a goal every 121.62 minutes in the Spanish League this season, while Lukaku scores a goal every 127.29 minutes in the Italian League.
The French striker scored 21 goals this season, in addition to eight goals he scored for his team-mates.