Ex-Lazio Striker Paolo Di Canio: “Inter Would Have Won Scudetto With Duvan Zapata In Place Of Romelu Lukaku”

Ex-Lazio Striker Paolo Di Canio: “Inter Would Have Won Scudetto With Duvan Zapata In Place Of Romelu Lukaku”
January 2, 2022 22:00
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Former Lazio, Juventus, and West Ham United striker Paolo Di Canio believes that Romelu Lukaku misses Inter more than the Nerazzurri miss their former striker.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, the former striker gave the view that the Belgian is now a big fish in a small pond in the Premier League, and also stated that the Nerazzurri did not need him to win the Scudetto last season.

Lukaku led the Nerazzurri for both goals and assists last campaign as he led the line for Antonio Conte’s title-winning team.

For this reason, many anticipated that the 28-year-old’s blockbuster sale to Chelsea would be a significant blow to the Nerazzurri’s title defense.

Instead, Inter have remained strong and sit four points clear at the top of the Serie A table, while the Belgian is struggling to adapt in London, partly due to injuries and COVID.

Lukaku recently made remarks stating that he regrets leaving the Nerazzurri in a candid recent interview with Sky, and Di Canio feels that this reflects the fact that his situation has become more difficult in the Premier League.

“I think that it makes him look weak, like he’s given up after six months in the Premier League,” he said of the Belgian, “where he arrived feeling very arrogant.”

“He co-starred in a Scudetto win for Inter, but they could have won with a striker like Duvan Zapata,” he added. “At Chelsea, who are European Champions and playing in the Premier League which is much tougher than Serie A, he is one player among many.”

“He was badly mistaken if he thought he was the top player,” Di Canio continued, “on the contrary, the team has played much better without him.”

“He has scored a sensational own goal with his words,” the Italian added, “it has been a disaster for everyone frankly.”

By Toni Weeler

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