‘He’s a finisher, a killer’: Joe Cole claims Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku will be this season’s Champions League top scorer after scoring the winner in Blues’ win over Zenit
- Romelu Lukaku scored the winner in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg
- The Belgian attacker headed in a deep cross from Cesar Azpilicueta in 68 minutes
- Joe Cole believes Lukaku will become Champions League top scorer this year
- Rio Ferdinand greeted Lukaku this term as the “talisman” on the side of Thomas Tuchel
Joe Cole has backed ‘killer’ Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku to finish as Champions League top scorer this season after earning the Blues a win over Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.
The Belgian striker scored his fourth goal in four games since joining the West London club for £98 million this summer by breaking through Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross in the 1-0 win with just over 20 minutes left. win at Stamford Bridge.
Cole admitted that Lukaku was not at his best on Tuesday night, but said his clinical nature makes him the perfect man to lead the club’s Champions League defense under Thomas Tuchel.
Joe Cole backs Romelu Lukaku (center) as Champions League top scorer
Lukaku (right) headed home the Chelsea winner in their 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg
“It’s a match made in heaven for both sides,” said Cole, speaking of Lukaku’s recent move to Chelsea. “He really put the whole package together.
“I’m throwing this out, I think he will be the top scorer in the Champions League this season.
“Lukaku didn’t even have one of his better games, he was a little dirty, but he’s a finisher now, a killer. Once that ball was hit there would only be one winner, he’s a great finisher.”
The Champions League top goalscorer award has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the past year and a half, with only Neymar, Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland sharing the award in recent years.
Cole claims ‘killer’ striker Lukaku has put together the full package at Chelsea this season
Dortmund striker Haaland, who was linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer before Lukaku joined, was last year’s winner with 10 goals in Europe’s main club competition.
But Lewandowski teamed up with Lukaku on Tuesday night to stake his claim for the prize by making a brace in Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over Barcelona, while Ronaldo also came on the scoresheet during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Young. boys.
Fellow BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand added that Lukaku is taking the responsibility of being Chelsea’s talisman this season and described him as the man to help Chelsea in games this season.
The Belgian star has now scored four goals in four games since returning to Chelsea for £98m
Rio Ferdinand says Lukaku takes responsibility for being Chelsea’s talisman
“He’s the talisman on this team now, he’s their go-to man,” Ferdinand said. “If there’s a problem finishing a game, in the short time he’s there he proves that if there’s a chance, he’s got ice in his veins.
“He wants it, he wants the responsibility and he will fulfill it. He is now the man at Stamford Bridge they look to to win games.
‘Having someone like that in front of you is a wonderful feeling. Just think, let me do my job and he’ll get us over the line. Tuchel made them hard to play against, now they have the weapon to run games.”