After Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sampdoria, Romelu Lukaku issued a rallying cry to his Inter teammates as they moved six points behind Serie A leaders Juventus.
During the first half at San Siro, both Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez were on goal as Inter bounced back in the semi-finals from their Coppa Italia aggregate loss to Napoli.
In the opening 45 minutes, Antonio Conte’s side was slick, but after the interval, they took off their foot from the gas, and Morten Thorsby pulled one back to fight Sampdoria.
The win, however, saw Inter stay in Juve’s touching distance and Lazio ‘s second-placed, five points above the Nerazzurri with 12 remaining games.
“Win was really important as it’s 12 finals from now until the end of the season, they ‘re all life or death,” Lukaku told Sky Sport Italia ahead of Wednesday’s clash with mid-table Sassuolo.
“We now have to focus on Wednesday and get fired up. From now on all games are tough and they won’t be easy for anyone. We have been working well in training, the team is physically in good shape, but we have to keep going and get even stronger because it’s going to be a game every three days,” he added.
Lukaku ‘s 10th-minute opener took his tally to 18 goals in his first season in Serie A since 1990, a number that only Ruben Sosa, Ronaldo, and Diego Milito have previously achieved in their debut campaigns with Inter.
Spurning two other opportunities, he was guilty of when Inter were well on top. Conte was frustrated because his team did not end the game earlier.
“You have to kill the opponent when you have the chance,” added Conte, who was still disappointed with Inter’s second-leg draw against Napoli eight days earlier.