Inter Milan’s pursuit of the 2019-20 Serie A title is off to a flying start, as is the Nerazzurri career of club-record signing Romelu Lukaku who bagged a goal on his Inter debut, a 4-0 victory over newly promoted Lecce, on Monday.
Lukaku, deemed a poor fit for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s preferred style of play, moved from Manchester United to Inter for $90 million this summer.
Inter were 2-0 ahead before 25 minutes had been played, courtesy of goals scored by Marcelo Brozovic (21st minute) and Stefan Sensi (24th). Lukaku added his goal just before the hour mark, and the rout was capped off by Antonio Candreva in the 84th minute.
Monday also marked the debut, and return to management (after being fired as Chelsea manager last June), of Antonio Conte. Inter’s new boss oversaw a $176-million rebuild during the summer transfer window and is now expected to guide his talent-rich squad to a legitimate challenge of eight-time defending champions Juventus.
Juventus and Napoli, this season’s other presumed challengers in a three-horse race, were each victorious in their season openers on Saturday.