Conte praises Lukaku after brace: ‘He is like an NFL player’

Antonio Conte was very happy with Romelu Lukaku‘s contribution to Internazionale‘s 3-0 win over Genoa. The Belgian forward scored the first and last goal in the Serie A match with Alexis Sanchez scoring the second of the evening. Conte has praised the former Manchester United forward and believes he would be well suited in a sport like American Football.

“Romelu is an atypical footballer because despite being 1.90 metres in height, he is also fast,” Conte told a news conference. “He acts as a focal point but also, from the middle of the pitch, attacks like an American football player.” With his goals Lukaku now has scored 23 league goals for Inter in his debut season.

“I insisted on having him here and he can still grow with his touch and attacking the goal with malice. He is only 27 years old and if he wants to continue growing, he has an important future.” Inter next face Napoli on Tuesday before finishing their league campaign against Atalanta in early August. Conte’s side are currently second in Serie A – one point clear of Atalanta.