“Maybe he didn’t have confidence”: Chelsea defender, Koulibaly explains why Lukaku flopped at Stamford Bridge

The Lions of Teranga defender, Kalodou Koulibaly has given his opinion on why Chelsea loanee, Romelu Lukaku struggled to find his feat at the club last season, Newspremises reports.

Lukaku made a fairytale return to Chelsea last summer following a stellar two-year season in Italy, inspiring Inter Milan to end their 11-year Scudetto jinx.

The Begian striker however, failed to live up to the life he portrayed at Italy at Stamford Bridges.


He struggled to replicate his Inter Milan form at Chelsea last season and has since returned to Inter on a season-long loan deal.

Koulibaly completed a move to Chelsea from Serie A club, Napoli earlier this summer before Lukaku completed the reverse move, as he secured a loan back to Inter Milan.

The Senegal defender, who knows Lukaku well from their time playing against each other in Italy, suggested that there could have been issues in the striker’s ‘private life’ that caused on-pitch struggles.

Speaking during his press conference on Wednesday, Koulibaly said: “Romelu is a good player, a nice player, a talented player.

“He is very strong and I was used to playing against him in Italy – I think he didn’t like to play against me!

“Last year I think maybe he didn’t have the confidence he needed to play like he wanted. Maybe something else, I don’t know.

“Football is not all about the pitch, it is also your private life and everything else, so maybe it was something that didn’t work with him over here.”

Koulibaly added: “We have a lot of talents, a lot of good players, a lot of winners, a lot of experienced players, a lot of young players. I wish Lukaku a good season but I wish Chelsea a better season.”

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