Chelsea "havent figured out" how to get best Romelu Lukaku says Antonio Conte

Chelsea will become the team to beat in both the Premier League and the Champions League – but only if they can get the best out of summer signing Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian international has managed four goals in eight appearances since rejoining the club from Inter Milan in the summer, having won Serie A under Antonio Conte last season.

The Italian boss, who won the Premier League and FA Cup during his time at Chelsea, managed to get the best out of the forward which grabbed the interest of Thomas Tuchel and Marina Granovskaia.

Despite managing four goals across his first four games back in London, Lukaku has now gone four games without scoring, only managing one shot on target across his last two fixtures.

Conte, who knows how to get the best out of the 28-year-old, has now discussed where his former club are going wrong as they look to win major silverware.

Conte said on Sky Italia: "If I had to face Lukaku I'd tell my players to keep him up the pitch away from the penalty area. He's always dangerous though, plus he's so good at giving assists to his team-mates.

"On an open pitch he has the speed to kill you. In my opinion Chelsea still haven't figured out how to get the best out of him because they've rotated a lot.

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"If they can understand him they'll be the team to beat in the Premier League and the Champions League.

"These are the reasons I wanted him at Inter, just like I wanted him at Chelsea and at Juventus when he was very young."

Tuchel might even be willing to chat to Conte to get some advice, with Lukaku scoring 64 goals across 85 games under his guidance and assisting a further 17.

The former PSG boss said after their defeat at the hands of Manchester City, before they lost to Juventus in the Champions League: "I don't think it is necessary to talk about Romelu's struggle today.

"When we reached Romelu, the attack was already half over because there were not enough people and there was simply no belief and connection. This was a team problem, not an individual problem."

Next up for Chelsea is the visit of Southampton, which is followed by a trip to play Brentford before their Champions League campaign continues at home against Malmo.

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