Inter won 3-1 against Bologna last weekend and remain in the race for the title in Italy. But whether Christian Eriksen will stay until the end of the season remains a big question mark.
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Romelu Lukaku did not need much time to increase his goal count. After about fifteen minutes of play, he went into a duel with Tomiyasu on a cross from Perisic and then scored the opening goal against the ropes.
The Red Devil have now scored eight times in their first nine appearances in Serie A this season. He has also scored in all four Inter’s home games so far, equaling Christian Vieri’s record. This, again, brought much praise to coach Antonio Conte.
“I really believe Lukaku can be even better,” said the Italian. “When he got here I told him the rough in diamond because I felt the work that was needed could make him one of the best strikers in the world. He is headed towards that position. He has the physical strength of a striker, but also the speed and power of a quarterback in rugby. He does a great job, understands what needs to be done, is courteous and works for the team. I am very happy with his performance.”
On the front page of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter called on Monday “a goal-scoring machine with Lukaku”.
What about Ericsson?
As good as it is with Lukaku, it is equally bad with Christian Eriksson. The Danish playmaker came in from Tottenham for €27 million in the winter of 2020, but has yet to break any pots in Milan. opposite of this. Ericsson has made only four goals and three assists in 36 appearances under Conte in all previous seasons.
He has started this campaign only four times and he was never allowed to complete 90 minutes. Against Bologna, Conte again seemed unable to rely on Ericsson until he came on for the Dane in the 91st minute. The face of the otherwise scary number ten was speaking volumes.
Rumors have been circulating for weeks that Inter are looking to resell poor Ericsson soon. Arsenal, Bayern and PSG, among others, are said to be interested. Sports director Beppe Marotta said of the situation, “We will not force anyone to stay if a player leaves.”
In between, Conte has received some criticism from Ericsson for his replacement, but Inter legend Beppe Bergomi thinks the Dane may just be scratching. “He is not a champion and is not fit to play in Italy. Never mind. Inter have lost time and maybe a title trying to fit them into the system. “