Eden Hazard is convinced his Belgium team-mate Romelu Lukaku’s arrival will only strengthen Inter Milan and gave his thoughts on Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.
Hazard has teamed up with Lukaku for 70 matches in the past decade for both Belgium and Chelsea. Together, the duo have won 44 times and reached last summer’s World Cup semi-finals.
For the first time since 2011, however, the Premier League will be without either one of the Belgian stars for this season. It comes in light of Hazard’s €100m transfer to Real Madrid from Chelsea, while Lukaku swapped Manchester United for Inter.
The latter, in particular, has a point to prove for his debut campaign at the San Siro after his United struggles.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasn’t a fan and instead preferred Marcus Rashford as his main centre-forward. Therefore, it left an out-of-favour Lukaku with no other alternative but to leave Old Trafford.
But Hazard reckons the 26-year-old will bang in the goals this season. Furthermore, he reckons the entire Inter team will benefit greatly from Lukaku.
“He is a fantastic striker, a bomber who knows how to adapt to all the conditions of the game,” Hazard told Corriere della Sera.
“Romelu scores a lot – and this is important for a striker – but it would be a mistake to consider him only for this. He can do many things. For example, he is a specialist to create what we call “second plays”. With him, in the team, they all play better.”
Meanwhile, the Serie A is set to welcome a fascinating battle between former Chelsea managers Conte and Sarri for Inter and Juventus respectively.
“I learned a lot from them,” said Hazard on his old Blues coaches.
“They are different from each other, both in character and in football. But they have one thing in common: they are winners. They have a marked style, they know which directions to give to the group.”