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Romelu Lukaku hopes Inter are learning as they continue to strive for consistent performance throughout 90 minutes despite being second in Serie A and reaching the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.
Lukaku headed in a win in extra time to beat Fiorentina 2-1 in the Coppa on Wednesday. His goal in the 119th minute resolved a draw in which Inter had gone ahead at half-time thanks to a penalty from Arturo Vidal.
In the dominant first 45 minutes, the Nerazzurri attempted eight shots against one from Fiorentina, with 56.6% of possession.
But Christian Kouame tied after 57 minutes, before Lukaku’s introduction as a substitute, as Viola edged her visitors nine to six in the second period.
For Inter, it was a second straight game in which they lost the initiative, although Lukaku’s goal this time meant advancing to face Milan in the round of 16.
In Rome on Sunday, despite trailing at halftime, quick goals from Milan Skriniar and Achraf Hakimi put Antonio Conte’s men in front before they conceded a late draw.
Before the Roma game, Conte had lamented Inter’s inability to make quick starts, having led at interval only four times in Serie A this season.
But Lukaku is now concerned about his team’s performance from the break onwards, a period in which they have scored an impressive 30 goals and conceded just 12 in the league.
“I don’t know why it happens,” Lukaku told Rai Sport. “We already said it after the draw against Roma that it shouldn’t happen, but it happened, although we still won this time.
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“We are young, we must learn from these things, but we want to improve.”
Having booked the meeting with Milan, a match he was reluctant to discuss right away, Lukaku acknowledged that there were still positives.
“We are happy to have won a difficult game against a great coach [Fiorentina’s Cesare Prandelli]He said. “We are happy and we want to continue like this.”
Turning attention to Serie A, Inter will face champions Juventus next Sunday, with the Derby d’Italia rivals determined to win to keep the pressure on leader Milan.
“I am looking forward to a tactical match between two teams that are doing good things,” Lukaku added. Juventus is a great team. We want to prepare well for this match ”.