Inter’s legendary former striker Alessandro Altobelli has admitted he didn’t anticipate Romelu Lukaku to be this necessary for the Nerazzurri when he joined.
Lukaku signed in a club-record switch from Manchester United in 2019 and has since scored 58 targets in 84 appearances for Antonio Conte’s aspect.
Inter are six factors away from AC Milan in Serie A with 12 video games to go and there may be little doubt the Belgian is totally indispensable for his or her title cost.
In an interview given to FCInter1908.it on Thursday, Altobelli argued: “Lukaku is completely the strongest striker there may be in Serie A.
“He has scored fewer targets than Cristiano Ronaldo, however he performs lots for the crew and his work on the pitch is at all times valuable.
“Whereas recognising the talent of Ronaldo I’ll gladly hold Romelu, who has fomed a formidable partnership with Lautaro Martinez.
“I have to say that when he arrived at Inter I didn’t assume that he may have such an impression, he has shocked me.”
Inter are most individuals’s favourites now to clinch the Scudetto and Altobelli believes there is no such thing as a apparent weak spot in Conte’s XI now.
“Inter are a really robust crew in all departments,” he continued.
“If I needed to choose an space of the crew which wanted reinforcement, I’d discover it tough.
“Initially of the season Inter had issues associated to COVID-19 and accidents, however as quickly as Conte was capable of make the alternatives he needed, the outcomes have been there for all to see.”
Altobelli additionally hit out at those that have criticised Inter for a way they performed throughout their 1-0 win over Atalanta this previous Monday.
“To those that criticise the Nerazzurri for the match in opposition to Atalanta, I reply that beating Atalanta is just not straightforward in any respect and that we now have seen that form of efficiency in opposition to others too.
“Many have failed and will be unable to beat Atalanta.”
Altobelli believes Inter’s six-point lead is a sufficiently big hole to begin feeling very optimistic for the top of the season.
“The standings are clear, the factors we now have on these behind us now give us hope,” he admitted.
“We aren’t declaring victory, however we completely consider within the Scudetto.
“The gamers celebrated lots within the dressing room after Atalanta as a result of it was an important match.
“What stands out is that Inter at the moment have nice unity.”
Altobelli, who’s one in all Inter’s best ever goal-scorers, was then requested whether or not Conte can begin a profitable cycle at Inter and he was stuffed with reward for the previous Italian nationwide crew coach.
“Conte’s nice job was to unite the crew in instances of issue and focus solely on the pitch,” he added.
“Gamers like Christian Eriksen who appeared near leaving have as a substitute grow to be essential and are asserting themselves.
“I’ve at all times mentioned that we should always have evaluated Conte for what he did on the bench, not for his previous at Juventus.
“At this time, the judgment on him is definitely a optimistic one.”