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Romelu Lukaku has the power as the NBA’s great Shaquille O’Neal, according to his Inter teammate Nicolo Barella.
Inter are just three points behind city rivals Milan at the top of Serie A ahead of a key week in which they will face Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia and Juventus in the league.
Lukaku has made an impressive impact on the San Siro since arriving from Manchester United in 2019.
He scored 34 times in all competitions last season and has already racked up 16 goals in 2020-21.
The Belgian international’s 12 league goals this season are second only to another former United star, Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo (15).
Barella has enjoyed the opportunity to play alongside Lukaku for Inter.
“He has physical power like Shaquille O’Neal – they make power their greatest strength,” Barella told DAZN.
“Nobody can move him, even in training, it takes three players to stop him.” But it is also much more [than power].
Romi is a great leader: he manages to have a good word for everyone, he has a good relationship with everyone and then on the field he is decisive like no other.
“He arrived and it was incredible: he already spoke Italian! But for him it should be easy, he knows all the languages of the world!
“It is a force of nature.”
– Inter (@Inter_en) January 13, 2021
Inter improved to second place in Antonio Conte’s debut season last year, although they are still awaiting their first trophy since 2011 after agonizingly losing the Europa League final to Sevilla.
“Losing the Europa League final was the biggest disappointment of my football career,” added Barella, who praised Conte’s training.
“We deserved it, we deserved to win that cup.
“At home I am very organized and now I am becoming a bit like that on the field too, all thanks to Antonio Conte.
“Before I was freer, now the coach has given me many ideas, he taught me to choose the moments. I study a lot in the field.
“Playing with great champions I try to steal something from each of them, I watch them and I try to make the best parts of their game my own.”