Lukaku opens up amid Tuchel & Conte row

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After Thomas Tuchel's dismissive response to Antonio Conte's claim that Chelsea are not utilising Romelu Lukaku correctly, the Belgian striker himself has now provided a stern view on the situation. 

Following Chelsea's UEFA Champions League loss to Juventus last week, former Inter Milan boss Conte claimed that the Blues had not found an effective way of playing Lukaku since he rejoined the club. 

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Lukaku's appearance against Juve was his fourth successive match without a goal, prompting his former manager at the Nerazzurri to comment on how he has been used by the London club during a live broadcast with Sky Sports Italia. 

Chelsea manager Tuchel then hit back at Conte, via his club's official website, stating that the ex-Inter boss had "obviously" not watched some of the games the Belgian has featured in this season. 

Now on international duty with his country, Lukaku has opened up about how he would like to be utilised. 

"The way I'm built – I'm quite big – everybody thinks I'm a sort of target man: just holding up the ball and being a goal poacher," he told UEFA.com. 

"But I've never played that way and I hate it.  

"My biggest strength is that I'm dangerous when I'm facing towards the goal because that's when I rarely make wrong choices. 

"After I pass the ball, I know where I have to position myself in the box. I can do a bit of everything and in some games, when I know there is a lot of space behind the defence, I play differently. 

"The reason I'm so productive [in front of goal] is because I can do a bit of everything." 

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Lukaku and his Belgium teammates are set to take on France in the semi-finals of the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League tournament on Thursday night. 

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