Didier Drogba has revealed Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku heeded his advice when scoring against Tunisia for Belgium this afternoon.
Lukaku took his tally at the World Cup to four goals in less than two games after Belgium went 3-1 up against Tunisia at half-time in their second group game.
It is thought that the Belgian idolised Drogba when he was growing up. He then joined Chelsea in 2011 as a long-term replacement for the Ivory Coast striker.
Lukaku spent a season under the Chelsea legend’s tutelage in the 2011-12 campaign and he worked tirelessly with the youngster to improve his game.
To double Belgium’s lead, Lukaku darted across the Tunisia defence before switching direction and hitting the ball into the far right-hand corner.
Drogba has since revealed he worked with Lukaku at Chelsea on that technique as he went through on goal.
“I really like this move. We were talking about Lukaku to check and change the angle of his runs to create his own space that’s what he did there,” Drogba told the BBC during the broadcaster’s World Cup coverage, as per The Metro.
“He did something I really like and I spoke to him a lot about that. The short steps before kicking the ball just like a tennis player before they hit the ball – they take short steps before they hit it and it gives you more accuracy.
“He’s someone that wants to learn i’m really happy to give him advice. Obviously, know he’s working with Thierry Henry and he’s learning from him. When you want to be the best you have to learn from the best.”
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