Inter striker Romelu Lukaku has talked about the connection he feels with supporters and the inspiration that fans give him to try and win trophies with the club.
Speaking to Italian magazine “L’Uomo Vogue”, as reported by FCInterNews, the 28-year-old talked about the experience of losing the Europa League final in 2020 and the effect it had in galvanizing his desire to compete for trophies.
He compares the support from Italian fans to that of English supporters who he played in front of for various Premier League teams, and finds there to be a more intense and intimate emotional connection at his current club than he experienced in England.
“If I look back, compared to two years ago in England, I have moved up to the top. Now we are the Italian Champions and it feels magnificent. My priority now is to enjoy the moment, celebrate together with my teammates.”
“The love of the fans here in Italy is different: here it is warmer and more heartfelt than in England, the people here really express affection for the players and for the team. Last season was fantastic.”
The Belgian striker talks about the 2020 Europa League final as a significant moment in his Inter career, with the Nerazzurri failing to lift the trophy after a 3-2 defeat by Sevilla.
Coming at the end of his first season in Milan after joining Inter from Manchester United in the summer of 2019, the final gave Lukaku heartbreak but also the inspiration to come back for last season more hungry for trophies, an attitude which propelled him and his teammates to the Scudetto.
“After the Europa League final last year I was very sad, but despite the defeat against Sevilla, I received affection and understanding from the fans.”
“Then I realized that I should do everything in my power , from that moment on, to help Inter to victory, to be able to help the team, the coach, my teammates.”