Sport Lukaku hoping to use 'killer mentality' gained at Inter to fire Belgium to Euro 2020 glory
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Romelu Lukaku is hoping to fire Belgium to Euro 2020 glory after gaining a "killer mentality" with Scudetto winners Inter.
The 27-year-old has scored 21 Serie A goals and provided a further 10 assists this season for Inter, who were crowned champions on Sunday for the first time in 11 years.
It is just the second title won by the prolific striker 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 sights on inspiring Belgium to their first piece of major silverware at the delayed Euro 2020 finals.
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When Romelu Lukaku arrived from Anderlecht in 2011, it was as a supporter of Chelsea, a bonafide member of the Didier Drogba fan club, desperate to secure success but it didn't work out like that.When Romelu Lukaku arrived from Anderlecht in 2011, it was as a supporter of the team, a bonafide member of the Didier Drogba fan club, desperate to secure success.
"Winning a club title allows you to gain experience and allows you to know how to approach matches," he told La Tribune. "You get this killer mentality.
"That is something I've missed in my career. I've 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 doesn't stop here.
"Right now I'm happy because we are champions, but I'm already focused on the Euros because it's important to me.
"I really hope the other Belgium players, like [Thibaut] Courtois, Eden [Hazard], [Axel] Witsel and [Kevin] De Bruyne, can also win titles.
"That would be good for the team. It would bring a good team spirit and we can all move forward together."
Lukaku is scoring from 23.6 per cent of his shots – making him the first Serie A player since 2004-05 to tally 20 goals and 10 assists in the same season.
The ex-Chelsea striker's 31 combined goals and assists in Serie A this season is the most of any player, with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo next on the list with 30.
Despite enjoying one of his most prolific seasons yet in front of goal, however, Lukaku does not believe he is the best striker in the world.
"That is Karim Benzema, without a doubt," 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 21 league goals in total this campaign and a further eight assists.
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