Inter Milan will have few regrets about the acrimonious summer saga with Romelu Lukaku after their dominant display against Roma yesterday.
This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
The simmering controversy around striker Lukaku was the dominant subplot heading into yesterday’s match.
The souring of the Belgian’s relationship with Inter had been one of the big stories of the Nerazzurri’s summer transfer window, certainly.
And it was always likely to spill over well past the end of the summer.
Yesterday was the first match in which Lukaku was back at the San Siro wearing a shirt other than Inter’s.
And had the 30-year-old former Manchester United, Chelsea, and Everton man put in the kind of match-winning performance he’s capable of, it could have been the source of no small regret for the Nerazzurri.
Inter Not Regretting Romelu Lukaku After Statement Win Vs Roma
But there was no big performance from Lukaku.
Far from coming back to haunt the team he had controversially broken with during the summer, the Belgian international was hardly a factor in proceedings.
Instead, it was Inter who completely controlled the match.
The Nerazzurri dominated possession of the ball and dictated the tempo that the match was played at,
And instead of a former Inter striker having his say decisively in front of goal, it was a current one.
Just as the doubts were starting to really creep in about whether Inter could turn all their possession into a goal, Marcus Thuram broke the deadlock.
It was a clinical finish from the Frenchman. Thuram has seemingly just gone from strength to strength this season, and yesterday was another big statement.
Inter will not miss Lukaku much when they have a player like Thuram to call on.
And on the other hand, the Belgian will surely be looking at the way yesterday’s match went. He’ll be wondering whether he made the right decisions in the summer.