Patrice Evra was full of respect for Romelu Lukaku’s match-winning Chelsea display against Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League last night.
Lukaku came up trumps again for the Blues, heading home the difference in a rather dreary game yesterday evening.
Although not heavily involved in the action – there wasn’t much action to be involved in – the Belgian made sure he was included when it mattered.
Converting a delightful Cesar Azpilicueta cross 20 minutes from time ensured Chelsea got their European defence off to a triumphant, if not slightly stagnant, start.
Four goals in four outings is not a bad way to begin repaying part of the club-record fee forked out for his services last month.
Any doubts that a return to Chelsea would damage his legacy have quickly been diminished.
After serving up another striker’s masterclass in finishing, Lukaku savoured the moment on his Instagram.
Amongst the admiring pack was former Manchester United defender Evra, who claimed the centre-forward had gone ‘to the next level.’
Rio Ferdinand, Ian Wright and Patrick Kluivert also left their congratulations in emoji form.
The love Lukaku has received since his Stamford Bridge certainly warms the soul.
After a disappointing spell at Old Trafford, and a rejuvenated one with Inter Milan, the 28-year-old finally looks totally settled.
It’s difficult not to be within a team like Chelsea’s.
Quality seeps out from every corner of the dressing room, orchestrated by a manager who can do little wrong right now.
If Thomas Tuchel can keep his no.9 content on and off the pitch, then the Blues’ trophy haul this season will be fully loaded.