Romeulu Lukaku became a laughing stock after being substituted by coach Simone Inzaghi for striker Edin Dzeko in the first half of the second half of the 2022/23 Champions League final against Man City. People who criticize him as “wooden legs” have. There are people who call him “earth head”. And of course, with the situation of choosing an ungainly position, blocking the path of the ball after the finishing effort of Federico Dimarco, the Belgian player is also known as “Lukaku defender”.
But does Lukaku deserve this treatment? Are fans too strict with this 30-year-old striker? In fact, after entering the field, the Belgian star tried very hard to play. And he is the most prominent player in the team of the team from Italy.
Let’s look at what the pair of strikers that coach Inzaghi trusted to launch from the beginning have shown. Until being substituted, Dzeko was virtually invisible on the field. The Bosnian striker has only 13 touches of the ball. He did not have even a single shot towards the goal of goalkeeper Ederson on the Man City side. The performance of this 37-year-old general can only be summed up in 4 words: “totally disappointed”.
What about Lautaro Martinez? The striker who scored twice against Fiorentina’s net to help Inter win the Coppa Italia is not better. Despite playing from the beginning to the end of the match, the Argentina player only had 37 touches of the ball and 2 shots towards the goal of Man City. However, both attempts to “bombard” his goal did not make it difficult for goalkeeper Ederson.
That is, even if you include Dzeko and Lautaro, the number of shots of the two is not equal to Lukaku alone. Although only playing for about 40 minutes on the field, the Belgian star has created 3 shots. In which, he made the goalkeeper of Man City show his talent to save twice.
The most turbulent situation that Inter created towards Man City’s goal also came from Lukaku’s scoring effort. It was the ball that the 30-year-old striker chose the right spot to fall from Robin Gosens’ cross. In an empty position about 5 meters from the goal line of Man Xanh, he headed, the ball hit goalkeeper Ederson’s knee.
Obviously, it’s not that Lukaku doesn’t try, but because he is too unlucky. If the Belgian star’s luck was brighter, he could have got an equalizer for the blue and black striped team. If viewed fairly, Lukaku is just an unlucky individual in a group… too unlucky in Istanbul. If reproachful, why don’t people complain about Dimarco’s adjustment of the “aim” where he doesn’t choose, and find the right place for Lukaku to finish?
Blaming Lukaku is not a light injustice, if you look at the common ground of Inter players in the Champions League final that took place in Istanbul this morning. On the contrary, Inter should give praise to the Belgian player for his unyielding spirit. It should be emphasized that the situation that caused Lukaku to receive a yellow card was also because he was too impatient with the home team’s lead, leading to an unnecessary foul in the 83rd minute.
But with a failed team, one has to find someone to blame anyway. Lukaku is a real “bad guy”, when he is considered the ideal place to be the place to vent. Many Inter fans after the match asked the club leader to immediately return Lukaku to Chelsea.
Inter president Steven Zhang himself also seems to support the fans to do so. Speaking after the Champions League final this morning, the Chinese billionaire said: “Romelu has great love for Inter. He is great. But he still has a contract with Chelsea. We will have to wait. The time is right to talk to the English team about Lukaku’s future.”
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