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Lukaku speaks about Drogba, Henry, and how he improved

Romelu Lukaku spoke about his recent chats with Didier Drogba and Thierry Henry after reuniting with Chelsea.

No doubt, Lukaku was a Chelsea’s biggest fan at childhood, as he was motivated by Drogba’s performance and Thierry Henry.

“We spoke a few days ago and we spoke about that time [when Lukaku was previously at Chelsea] and about the progress that I’ve made and what I have to keep improving – keeping the same hunger all the time,” Lukaku revealed.

“The thing about Didier is that he’s a very detailed individual. Thierry Henry is also very detailed and it’s the details that make the difference. We talk about individual exercises that I like, what’s the goal of each exercise and we talk about those things, but also about trying to win because that’s the thing that matters.

“He’s a winner in every sense of the word and that’s the thing I want to achieve for this football club.”

The 27-year-old also spoke about how Italy improved him following his past stats failed to achieve what their mentors did after first spell on Chelsea.

“That’s something that I had on the back of my shoulders for many years. It was a source of motivation at the time, but also asking myself questions like ‘what went wrong?’. I was living with that for many years and that’s why sometimes, I could come over as a bit aggressive in interviews, or very defensive.

“At one point, I just decided it was better to go somewhere else and just see everything from a different point of view. When I went to Italy, it was the best thing I could’ve done at the time.

“There were questions. I knew I had the ability, but why not? It was always just not. When I think about my performances with Everton, missed penalties, or United games or whatever. Or when I was here [at Chelsea] and I’d get an opportunity and it wouldn’t go well – it was always just not. Maybe it was because I put too much [pressure].

“When I went to Italy, it’s where, under the guidance of Antonio Conte, I learnt what it took to go and break that barrier. When we did win [the Serie A title] last year, you could se the emotions in my face.

“There were questions. I knew I had the ability, but why not? It was always just not. When I think about my performances with Everton, missed penalties, or United games or whatever. Or when I was here [at Chelsea] and I’d get an opportunity and it wouldn’t go well – it was always just not. Maybe it was because I put too much [pressure].

“When I went to Italy, it’s where, under the guidance of Antonio Conte, I learnt what it took to go and break that barrier. When we did win [the Serie A title] last year, you could se the emotions in my face.

“But as soon as I started getting better with my back-to-goal play, it was better for me because I could score more goals but I could also create more for my team-mates, so my assists went up and I became a more complete player.

“Tactically, I see the game totally different. I’m really interested in the movements some players make. So for the last week, I’ve been watching the last seven or eight games of the team and try to know what the movements and what the coach is trying to expect from us in every game, so when I come in, I can just move.”

The Belgium is set to play on Sunday game against Arsenal after Chelsea’s mega swap from Inter Milan, Tuchel is expecting him to prove his worth on that match.

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