‘I’m now two seconds faster than the defender’, Lukaku warns

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During his time in the Premier League, one of Romelu Lukaku’s weakness was that he didn’t use his body to the best of his ability.

Didier Drogba wasn’t the fastest of players, but he always knew how to position himself ahead of the defenders and the ability to play with his back to goal was topnotch.

New Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has now revealed how he was able to up that part of his game under Antonio Conte, as the Italian put pressure on him to improve or not play, and a machine was used to up his game.

Lukaku told La Tribune in a recent interview: “I’ve improved with my back to goal thanks to a machine we use in training which fires balls at me at 30-40km/h.

“I have to direct them towards my teammates.

“Beforehand I was always a bit behind the defender marking me, now I’m two seconds ahead of them.”

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has admitted ahead of this weekend’s clash against Arsenal that he is wary of the threat of Lukaku.

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