Former head coach Arrigo Sacchi believes that AC Milan are more than capable of overcoming an Inter team that again may be stronger on paper heading into the 2022-23 season.
Lukaku secured his return to Chelsea last summer for a club-record fee of £97.5m (via Sky), leaving Inter after two seasons in Italy, but he is now set to return to Serie A after struggling to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.
The 29-year-old had scored 64 goals in 95 games during two seasons with the Nerazzurri and in his second campaign he helped them end their 11-year run without a league title. An explosive interview during the last campaign essentially confirmed his desire to return, and he appears set to rejoin on a season-long dry loan.
Sacchi was interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport and he spoke about Lukaku’s return to Inter and what it might mean in view of the next Scudetto race.
“Inter are certainly the team with the highest quality elements, but we have seen that Milan has overcome thanks to team spirit and enthusiasm,” he began (via SempreMilan.it).
“Lukaku’s return is important first of all because the player wanted it after a not particularly happy year. He is a serious person, he is still young enough, he has energy to spend and Inter will be able to benefit a lot from this new ally.
“Milan have shown that the team always wins over the individual. The best signing for the Rossoneri is being able to have the motivation and team spirit that allowed them to win the Scudetto. They must be good at overcoming the precariousness of success and setting goals for improvement.
“Game, style and collective: these are the three key words for Milan, beyond the purchase of Origi or others. Pioli is very good and has made enormous strides towards strategic football. He has to put aside some more tactics and then perfect the pressing, possession and movements without the ball. If they succeed, they will be fun again this year.”