Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne has called Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku a “massive threat” as he prepares to face his Belgian teammate on Saturday.
Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium this afternoon to play Premier League leaders Man City.
It’s an opportunity for the Blues to try cut the 10-point deficit to table toppers Man City, who many are already crowing as champions-elect as early as January.
Lukaku, 28, will be looking to throw down a marker today in a huge league meeting.
The left-footed striker has eight goals in 21 appearances since re-signing at Stamford Bridge in the summer, so Blues fans are still waiting for him to really burst into life.
De Bruyne, who plays alongside Lukaku on the international stage, has talked up the Chelsea star’s quality going into this weekend’s fixture. He’s convinced he’s one of the danger men that Man City need to guard against.
“(Lukaku) is a massive threat. I have known Rom since I was 15 or 16 years-old and he has always been a good friend of mine,” De Bruyne said.
“He scores a lot of goals, he is very dangerous, so I know we are going to have a handful with him.
“Hopefully we can keep him quiet for this game, then after he can play as good as he wants!”
Will Lukaku start for Chelsea?
Yes, that’s the most likely outcome to the question.
He’s back in Thomas Tuchel’s good books after his interview saga and is enjoying a run of starts right now.
The big summer signing will surely be in today’s line-up, but who will join him in the attacking positions is a great mystery.
Ian Wright has tipped Lukaku as someone that can get at opponents Man City today, and they’ll be in for a tough battle against him if he plays anywhere near to his best.
It’s set up for one of Chelsea’s attackers to try by the hero, something that Kai Havertz was when he scored the winner against them in last season’s Champions League final.