Fabio Capello says Romelu Lukaku can’t ‘flatten the defenders’ in the Premier League like he did in Italy, as former England boss offers insight into striker’s Chelsea struggles
- Fabio Capello has given his own theory on Romelu Lukaku’s Chelsea struggles
- Former England boss says Premier League is much more physical than Serie A
- Lukaku was on the bench for Champions League game but didn’t come on
- Blues cruised to a 2-0 victory against Lille in last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge
Fabio Capello has offered his insight into Romelu Lukaku’s recent Chelsea struggles, as the former England boss says the striker cannot ‘flatten the defenders’ in the Premier League.
Lukaku was left out of Chelsea’s last-16 Champions League tie against Lille, with the Belgian striker’s last Premier League goal coming in their 1-1 draw with Brighton in December.
With Chelsea’s £97M summer signing failing to continue his Inter Milan form in West London, Capello has offered his theory as to why Lukaku is struggling.
Fabio Capello says Romelu Lukaku can’t ‘flatten the defenders’ in England like he did in Italy
The Belgian striker has scored just five league goals since signing for £97M in the summer
Capello explained to Sky Sport Italia, as per Football Italia: ‘Lukaku fit perfectly into (Antonio) Conte’s counter-attacking style at Inter, because there were lots of spaces, he had this physical strength and pace that allowed him to flatten the defenders in Serie A.
‘However, Chelsea play this very different type of football with lots of short passes and Lukaku doesn’t have the same spaces to move in. He also finds that in England the defenders have a similar physicality to him and hold out more.
‘Lukaku had this power and space to run at defenders and turn the game around.’
Capello says Lukaku does not have the same freedom to play as he did during his time in Italy
The 28-year-old has scored five goals in 17 appearances in the Premier League since resigning with Chelsea, which is some way off his 24 league goals scored in Italy last season.
The Belgian did score two goals during Chelsea’s Club World Cup tournament which saw the Blues lift the trophy thanks to a late Kai Havertz penalty.
Lukaku will be looking to prove himself in training this week, with the Blues playing in the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool on Sunday.