Antonio Conte has hit out at Thomas Tuchel for ‘failing to get the best out of Romelu Lukaku since he rejoined the Chelsea from Inter Milan.’
The Belgian striker re-joined Chelsea for a club record fee of £98million in the summer and has scored four goals so far in his first four games.
However, Conte, who worked with Lukaku at Inter Milan, believes Chelsea is yet to figure how to use Lukaku following the Blues’ 1-0 Champions League defeat against Juventus on Wednesday.
‘I think he can still do better, above all with his technique,’ Conte told Sky Sport Italia.
‘He is already at a very high level, but a player must keep improving until the day he retires.
‘During the game, there are moments when Lukaku needs to be turned on, but other than that he is one of the toughest forwards to play against, because he can do damage in any area of the pitch.
‘If you have a centre-forward like that, you need to use him and I don’t think Chelsea have quite figured out how to use him yet.
‘Last season, they didn’t have a proper centre-forward, so they rotated positions, whereas Romelu is a real reference point in attack.
‘If they can figure out how to use Lukaku, then Chelsea can become the team to beat in the Champions League this season.’
Conte guided Inter to their first Serie A title in 10 years last season, with Lukaku scoring 24 goals in the process.