May 16, 2021

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Lukaku hopes to use ´killer mentality´ achieved at Inter to fire Belgium to Euro 2020 glory


Romelu Lukaku hopes to fire Belgium to Euro 2020 glory after achieving a “killer mentality” with Scudetto winners Inter.

The 27-year-old has scored 21 Serie A goals and given a further 10 assists this season to Inter, who were crowned champions on Sunday for the first time in 11 years.

It is only the second title the prolific striker has won across his 12-year senior career after finishing first in the Belgian Pro League with Anderlecht in 2009-10.

Lukaku, who joined Inter from Manchester United in August 2019, has now set his goal of inspiring Belgium for their first big silverware in the delayed Euro 2020 final.

“Winning a club title gives you the opportunity to gain experience and allows you to know how to approach matches,” he told La Tribune. “You get this killer mentality.

“It’s something I’ve missed in my career. I have given up too many times before. Then I said to myself ‘I’m tired, I’m 27, it’s time for a change’. But the work does not stop here.

“Right now I am happy because we are champions, but I am already focused on the euro because it is important to me.

“I really hope the other Belgian players like it [Thibaut] Polite, Eden [Hazard], [Axel] Witsel and [Kevin] De Bruyne, can also win titles.

“It would be good for the team. It would bring a good team spirit and we can all get on together. ”

Lukaku scores from 23.6 percent of his shots – making him the first Serie A player since 2004-05 to score 20 goals and 10 assists in the same season.

The former Chelsea striker’s 31 combined goals and assists in Serie A this season are the most of any player, with Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo next on the list with 30.

Despite enjoying one of his most productive seasons yet ahead of goal, Lukaku does not believe he is the best striker in the world.

“It’s without a doubt Karim Benzema,” he said.

Benzema is averaging a goal every 121.62 minutes in LaLiga for title contenders Real Madrid this season compared to Lukaku’s return of a goal every 127.29 minutes in Serie A.

The Frenchman has a total of 21 league goals in this campaign and another eight assists.