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Drogba: What I Taught Lukaku

Didier Drogba: What I Taught Romelu Lukaku

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 28, 2018 05:30 PM @KurtLaduma

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has been in fantastic form for Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup so far and is in the running for the Golden Boot, but African legend Didier Drogba has now taken credit for a new element in the Belgian's game.

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Lukaku has scored two braces in as many matches for his country so far at Russia 2018, and is currently tied in second as the second-highest scorer at the tournament.

Drogba, who mentored the striker during their time together at Chelsea, has noted that Lukaku is taking shorter steps before striking the ball at goal, which he claims is advice he gave the 25-year-old in the past.

"He did something that I really like and I spoke with him a lot about that," he told BBC.  

"The short steps before kicking the ball, just like a tennis player.

"They do short steps and then hit it, and this is giving you more accuracy and it's easier to hit the target like that."

Drogba feels Lukaku can still better his game, but also added that he believes the United man will go on to break many records.

"I'm really scared he will break a lot of records in the Premier League and at this tournament because he's only 25," he added.

"He's got room for improvement, though. He can improve his runs and his movement, and that's easy to learn."

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Lukaku has scored 40 times in 71 appearances for Belgium so far, making him his country's top goalscorer of all time.

Do you think Lukaku can win the Golden Boot in Russia? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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