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Romelu Lukaku: Outscoring Cristiano Ronaldo and leading Inter's title charge

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Lukaku has scored more goals at this stage of a season than he has ever before in his career"I heard people say Romelu Lukaku was a donkey. I heard all sorts not even that long ago."Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte was certainly unimpressed earlier this week[/i] by past criticism of his striker, and it is easy to see why.In his first season at the Italian club, Romelu Lukaku has hit 14 goals in just 18 games - outscoring Cristiano Ronaldo - and has helped Inter to the top of Serie A as they look to threaten Juventus' eight-year dominance of the league.
Many doubters had dismissed Lukaku as being destined to become an expensive flop for Inter, who signed him for a club record 80m euros (£74m) from Manchester United in the summer but instead he is in the form of his career. So why is the 26-year-old performing so well[/img]
Conte + Lukaku = match made in heaven?
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Conte has wanted to work with Lukaku since he managed Chelsea in 2016One of the most significant reasons behind Lukaku's impressive start to life in Italy is his relationship with Conte.This is the first time the pair have worked together but they have admired each other's abilities from afar for a number of years.Lukaku first caught Conte's eye when the Italian was at Juventus - a club he managed from 2011 until 2014 - before making a firmer attempt to sign the striker when he became Chelsea boss in 2016, only to be beaten to his signing by Manchester United."I wanted Romelu very strongly when I was at Chelsea, even back at Juventus," said Conte earlier this week. "I always said Romelu was a rough diamond that needed work to smooth him out. "Now I can get to work on polishing the diamond."Conte's management style, meanwhile, first caught Lukaku's eye three years ago when he came up against a team managed by the 50-year-old while playing for Belgium against Italy."Belgium played Italy in a friendly in the run up to Euro 2016," says Smith, who sat down with Lukaku for a lengthy one-to-one interview in November last year. "The Italians beat them 3-1 and Lukaku said the moment he knew he wanted to play for Conte was after the friendly. "He felt the Italians beat the Belgians in that game in every single department. Lukaku knew from that moment on that he wanted to work with Conte."
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