Romelu Lukaku scored his first-ever goals as a Chelsea player at Stamford Bridge against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon. The big Belgian striker grew up supporting Chelsea, and according to him, it was his dream to one day play for Chelsea and also score at Stamford Bridge since he was 11 years old.
However, he had played a few number games at the Bridge during his first spell at Chelsea, but he couldn’t fulfill his childhood dream during that time, and he later moved away from the Bridge. But it did not take him much time to fulfill his dream following his return to Chelsea as he open his Stamford Bridge goalscoring account with a brace in his second Stamford Bridge debut on Saturday.
However, his first goal came after he received a wonderful pass from Kovacic and dribbled his opponent before sending the ball to the back of the net with his right foot. He then completed his brace with a beautiful long shot in the final few minutes of the game to make it 3-0 for Chelsea at the Bridge. And after the game, Lukaku revealed the role his boss Thomas Tuchel played in his first goal, explaining that Tuchel’s pre-match tactical insights help him and Kovacic to understood each other during the build-up to the goal.
‘It was something that the coach said before the game, he wanted us to play forward as soon as we got the ball. Kovacic saw my run and it was a brilliant ball and the rest was just instinct.
‘It was something the coach was saying before the game, that when we recovered the ball he wanted us to play forward very quickly, and Kovacic, with his quality, I wasn’t doubting him. I made the run, he saw me it and it was a brilliant pass, the rest was just instinct.’
Meanwhile, Lukaku has now scored 3 goals in his first 3 games with Chelsea, and he would hope to add another on Tuesday when they open their Champions League campaign against Zenit St Petersburg at Stamford Bridge.