Legendary former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio feels that currently Inter striker Romelu Lukaku is far from his best both physically and mentally.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster RAI Sport, via FCInter1908, following the Belgian national team’s 0-0 World Cup groups stage draw with Croatia, the former midfielder gave his thoughts on why the Inter striker is currently struggling.
Lukaku came on at halftime for Belgium in a match that was essentially do-or-die against Croatia.
The Red Devils needed a win in order to progress to the knockout rounds of the World Cup, but were only able to take a point from a goalless draw.
That inability to score was especially notable in the second half, when Nerazzurri striker Lukaku had a handful of good opportunities which he passed up.
Former Bianconeri midfielder Marchisio gave his thoughts on where the problems currently lie for Lukaku.
“Physically he’s in a difficult period, and then mentally matches like this stay with you for a while,” the former midfielder suggested.
“He had numerous opportunities and wasn’t able to take advantage of any of them,” he continued, “you certainly pay for moments like those.”