Former Nerazzurri and Juventus striker Aldo Serena feels that Romelu Lukaku still hasn’t exorcised his demons against Inter Milan.
Serena spoke to Italian news outlet CalcioNews24, via FCInterNews. He argued that the Belgian’s display against his former side for Roma was “anonymous” and lacked fight.
Lukaku’s return to the San Siro on Sunday was always going to be a major subplot of the Serie A clash between Inter and Roma.
The 30-year-old was the protagonist of a summer soap opera that saw him fall out with the Nerazzurri.
Therefore, the fan reception for Lukaku from the Nerazzurri faithful was predictably negative.
Considering the circumstances, there were expectations that the former Manchester United, Chelsea, and Everton striker would have even more motivation than usual on Sunday.
There was no doubt that Lukaku would have wanted to silence his critics.
But contrary to that, the Belgian seemed to get bogged down by the occasion.
It was not the kind of performance that Lukaku has shown he is capable of, whether with Inter or with Roma.
Aldo Serena: “Anonymous” Romelu Lukaku Fails To Break From Inter Past
Serena noted that he had experienced something similar when he made the move from Torino to Juventus.
The former striker said that “The dynamics were completely different. But like Lukaku, I found myself at a Granata Stadium which had a bitterness towards me, almost a hatred.”
“So I went through it in the sense that I went through a moment like Lukaku’s.”
“Lukaku’s behaviour certainly also irritated the Inter fans,” Serena went on. “So in that respect, it was a similar situation.”
“But his reaction was the opposite to mine,” he went on.
“He was unable to break away from the past, and had an anonymous match.”
The former striker argued that “There wasn’t any fight for him. He didn’t use the anger from his former fans as fuel in that moment.”