Despite scoring in the 7-0 demolition of Empoli, Mourinho insists Lukaku doesn’t know how to play for Roma yet.
Romelu Lukaku got off the mark for Roma on Sunday evening by scoring his first goal for the club in a 7-0 thrashing of Empoli.
The Belgian is spending the season on loan at the Serie A giant after being deemed surplus to requirements by Chelsea following a disastrous return to the club.
Lukaku was still searching for the elusive strike to ignite his Roma career. Finally, he fired in a sixth goal for the hosts in the 86th-minute.
A blistering counter-attack was rounded off by the 30-year-old. He finished with a toe-poke into the bottom corner to guarantee Jose Mourinho ‘s side a first league win of the new season.
Lukaku started his first Serie A match after Mourinho opted to relegate Andrea Belotti to the bench, and repaid the faith shown in him by scoring late-on.
Former Juventus forward Paulo Dybala scored twice, while there were also goals for Renato Sanches, Bryan Cristante and Gianluca Mancini along with an own goal.
Roma players celebrated emphatically with Lukaku as he stayed cool to fire in the sixth goal of the match. Afterwards, there was a huge release of emotion around the ground as the former Manchester United striker finally found the back of the net.
Mourinho credited Lukaku for bringing a ‘different feel’ to his time when speaking after the match. However, he insisted the Belgian’s first goal ‘wasn’t important’.
‘It was not important for me. It might be important for him, I know strikers live for the goal,’ said Mourinho.
‘Since the moment he arrived, he has been all about the team. It doesn’t matter if he scores or not. Obviously, he feels happier coming off after a goal and it’s perfect for him, especially to score in front of the Curva”.
‘Romelu brings a different profile to the team and we still need to learn how to play for him, because we don’t have the hang of it yet, nor does he know how to play for us. We have time to work on it and games help that too.’
‘Romelu needs to be happy, needs to feel loved and wanted. He arrived here, immediately realized the team needed a player like him. He is a guy who likes to win.
‘I don’t think Inter have any reason to be angry, because they won the derby 5-1 and have so many extraordinary strikers. So they ought to be happy for their ex-coach who really needed a striker.’