Juventus veterans defender Leonardo Bonucci has been described ‘Romelu Lukaku as ‘complete striker’ and warn his team-mates not to physical battle or play touch-tight when face the forward in the UEFA Champions League in Turin tonight.
Lukaku, 28, signed for the west London club from Inter Milan in a region of £97.5million during recently closed summer transfer window, with Thomas Tuchel desperate for a superstar striker.
His summer returned to Stamford Bridge marked 10 years since his initial arrival at the club when he was 18-year-old and the Belgium international has been through a lot since.
His time in Italy saw him become renowned as one of the best strikers in the world of football after scoring goals for fun and helped Inter winning Serie A for the first time in 10 years, which also included some big battles with Juventus.
And ahead of mouthwatering encounter with Juventus tonight at Allianz Stadium, formidable defender Bonucci has described Lukaku as ‘complete striker’ and warn his team-mates not to physical battle or play touch-tight when face the forward.
He told The Athletic : ‘Romelu Lukaku has proven himself to be a complete striker.
‘He can win games on his own. When you come up against him you have to be switched on for 100 minutes a game.
‘Unfortunately for us defenders, we can’t disengage our brains even for 10 seconds because those 10 seconds might be lethal.
‘You must never engage Lukaku in a physical battle or play touch-tight. Instead, be ready to drop off because when his team has the ball, he will try to run in behind.
‘In the box, he’s great at playing man-to-man so you need to be on the front foot, try to read the game and play hard.
‘If you let him take up a position and he gets ahead of you, you won’t be able to step out and anticipate what’s coming.’
Chelsea will be hoping Lukaku can add to his tally this season already after netting four in all competitions.
It was his goal that saw the Blues claim victory in their Champions League opener when they beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.