Romelu Lukaku faced criticism from player Paolo Di Canio when he failed to score a header in the 88th minute, in Inter’s 0-1 defeat to Man City in the Champions League final on the morning of 11/. 6 (Vietnam time).
“Lukaku failed at a crucial moment. I can’t explain why he can’t score even two feet away from the goalkeeper,” Di Canio told Sky Sport Italia.
In that situation, Robin Gosens made a header pass in the box for Lukaku to head the connector. Lukaku’s shot was made about 4 meters from the goal, but the Belgian player put the ball on the foot of the Man City goalkeeper.
The 54-year-old player emphasized Lukaku lacks the determination and strength needed to score in the aforementioned situation. “Even Simone Inzaghi (Inter coach, former striker – PV) can score in that situation. Simone is always hungry and ready to score in any way given the opportunity. Lukaku is not like that,” Di Canio continued.
Di Canio commented that Lukaku often squanders many opportunities in important matches: “I don’t see the desire in Lukaku, especially in important games. Strikers like him need to have the ruthlessness to score in moments that can decide the whole season,” Di Canio affirmed.
Meanwhile, legend Thierry Henry believes Romelu Lukaku will blame himself for his poor performance in the 2022/23 Champions League final. In addition to a missed phase in the 88th minute, Lukaku also had a situation to accidentally prevent teammate Dimarco’s header.
“The fans will remain the same. Although I believe the problem lies with Federico Dimarco’s 5m header, Lukaku will still be to blame. That header will forever haunt Lukaku. He will have to live with it,” Thierry Henry said.
Nguyen Son | 10:00 12/06/2023