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Lukaku hails Conte relationship after Inter’s 2-0 derby win

Romelu Lukaku, Antonio Conte, Inter Milan, Serie A
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Romelu Lukaku praised his rapport with head coach Antonio Conte after his goal helped seal Inter Milan a 2-0 derby win over AC Milan.

Lukaku made it three goals in four Serie A games by heading in the second goal as Inter recorded a memorable victory over Milan. It was by no means a fluke either, as Conte’s side comfortably had the measure of their rivals.

Although it took a while for Inter to break the deadlock after missing some big chances, and due to the fine form of Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. However, Marcelo Brozovic’s deflected effort in the 49th-minute put them ahead.

There was then a nice little celebration between Lukaku and Conte after the Belgian scored his goal.

“My relationship with Conte is very strong,” Lukaku said to DAZN.

“He is a coach who really helps me. At the age of 26, I want a coach like this, who motivates and helps me every day.

“I am very happy to be here and to be working with him.”

Lukaku also feels that the victory was the perfect response to their poor draw against Slavia Prague on Tuesday in the Champions League.

“This match is very important for us and we are pleased with the three points,” added the former Manchester United striker.

“The game with Slavia Prague was difficult, but we prepared well and gave a strong reply.”

Conte, on the other hand, believes that Inter can look forward to much more from Lukaku. He also played down the attacker’s alleged bust-up with team-mate Brozovic in Prague.

“He is 26 years old and arrived here thanks to his potential,” said the Inter boss on Lukaku.

“If we work with him properly, he can become extremely important. He can give even more and I told him that too.

“Brozo and Lukaku are exceptional lads and if anything, I get cross with them because they are too nice. They need to be more clinical on the pitch.

“Quarrels mean there is blood in the veins and a desire to improve. I’ve been a player, I’ve argued with team-mates many times and then gone out to dinner with them afterwards. It’s not a big deal and they enjoy being together.”

Inter remain top of the Serie A as the only team to win all four of their opening games.