June 12, 2021

Mourinho says he should have blocked moment that ended Lukaku’s Chelsea career

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Jose Mourinho claims he should’ve stopped Romelu Lukaku taking a penalty in the 2013 Super Cup shootout – a moment that would prove to be his last in a Chelsea shirt.

The Belgian stepped up for the Blues against Bayern Munich but saw his effort saved by Manuel Neuer.

He was soon loaned out to Everton, a move that would become permanent and subsequent transfers to Manchester United and Inter Milan followed.

Chelsea signed a teenage Lukaku from Anderlecht, but were never allowed to see him flourish, and Mourinho regrets letting him step up.

He said in an interview with James Corden : “When I trust players over my feelings it doesn’t work.



Jose Mourinho regrets giving Romelu Lukaku a chance to take a penalty
Jose Mourinho regrets giving Romelu Lukaku a chance to take a penalty

“For example Chelsea versus Liverpool, one of the players was not on the list. He came to me in the middle of Anfield and he said to me, ‘Am I the first or fifth?’ I said, ‘You are the sixth or the seventh.’

“He said, ‘I want to go because I will score.’ So with that, I thought, ‘OK.’ He took it but he missed.

“I also had the European Super Cup, Chelsea versus Bayern. Again the guy who missed shouldn’t have taken the penalty. The last time this happened I won. It was this season, Tottenham versus Chelsea. And the same thing happened to me. I told the player, ‘No.'”

Lukaku has gone on to be prolific throughout his career and has been linked with a Blues return on several occasions.



The Belgian saw Manuel Neuer save his decisive penalty
The Belgian saw Manuel Neuer save his decisive penalty

Antonio Conte wanted to sign the Belgian during his tenure and Thomas Tuchel too has been credited with interest.

Lukaku has just won the Serie A with Inter Milan but the Italians are in financial turmoil and may have to cash in on their prized assets.

Despite that the Belgian has expressed his desire to remain at the San Siro.

“Yes, I am staying,” he told the broadcaster VTM. “I feel good at Inter.”

Harry Kane, a man coached by Mourinho last season, could also be on the move in the coming months.

He is looking to win silverware, something Tottenham have so far failed to do during his career.

Mourinho refused to give a forecast on his future however but believes he will remain in England.

He said: “I think he has to play where he is happy. And I think he is happy in England. He is a very Premier League guy.”

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