The former Chelsea boss has a bit of Tactical advice to the German on how to properly manage a Striker like Romelu Lukaku and possibly get the best from him like he did while he managed the Belgian at inter Milan where they ended Juventus Monopoly of the Seria A.
He Revealed Lukaku operates best when given a Free role in Attack and given the license to go deep in Midfield to coordinate the attack. An Attribute he possesses that would help him achieve that is his incredible pace.
While at Chelsea the Belgian have been used primarily as a target man whose job is to stick inside the box and convert any chance created by his teammates into Goals, of course, that’s a job he can do perfectly but the beast in him can only be unleashed when he is given a Free role.
Here are what Conte said regarding how best Tuchel could deploy Romelu Lukaku.
“A coach is good only if he can improve players. I think we did great work with Romelu over two years,”
“He is a very specific striker. Bringing Lukaku into the box is dangerous. However, when he starts from midfield, he is incredibly quick. It is very difficult to find a player who is both a target man, but can also run from midfield.”
“These are also characteristics I can see in Erling Haaland. I had been tracking Lukaku for a very long time and wanted him when I was at Chelsea, even when he was at West Brom.”
“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. If you have a center-forward like that, you need to use him and I don’t think Chelsea has quite figured out how to use him yet.
“Last season, they didn’t have a proper center-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.”
Conte Believes if Lukaku is utilized properly by Thomas Tuchel would be a force to be feared all over Europe.