Cole claims ‘no one respected’ Inter Milan star at Chelsea

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Cole claims ‘no one respected’ Inter Milan star at Chelsea

Ashley Cole says “no one respected” Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea but that his spells on loan gave him the “self-belief” to compete.

, and spent three years at Chelsea earlier in his career.

Lukaku – – struggled to make an impact with the Blues under various managers and made the move to Everton in 2014.



Following spells at the Toffees and then Manchester United, Lukaku made the move to Inter Milan where he has thrived, helping them to win the Serie A title this season.

The 28-year-old scored 30 goals and assisted ten in 44 appearances in the 2020-21 campaign for Serie A giants Inter.

And Cole has revealed how it was hard for Lukaku to make an impact in the Chelsea first-team with Didier Drogba ahead of him.

Cole said on : “He joined as a kid, he joined as a 17-year-old.

“[He was] a raw talent, his game understanding was not great. Didier Drogba was his kind of father figure who used to help him in terms of developing his technique and understanding of movement.

“And then I think the two loans really gave him that self belief that he was good enough. Yes, he was still young but he still had a point to prove.

“I think no one kind of respected him at Chelsea, in terms of the fans. When he did play, was he going to be the top striker for Chelsea? He had Didier Drogba in front of him.

“For him to go on loan and prove to himself, he definitely came back with that self-belief, that courage, and now his performances have been second to none, he’s been quality.”

Since leaving Manchester United in 2019 for Inter Milan, Lukaku has bagged 64 goals in 95 matches and won a Serie A title.

Jose Mourinho managed him during his spell at United and he commented recently that he was “still developing” during his time at Old Trafford.

“These two years at Inter Milan have given him the stature and the self-confidence that he didn’t have before,” Mourinho told The Times. “At Chelsea, he was still a kid. At Manchester United, he was still developing. At Inter he became the top man.

“He became loved – a big love from the supporters, love from teammates, great relations with the coach.

“He’s a big guy, physically so strong, but there is also a kid inside who needs that love, needs that support, needs to feel important.”

 

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Scotland ‘invade’ England as Kane, Southgate take on Ronaldo

England seem to be at war with both Scotland and Cristiano Ronaldo, which is pretty impressive. And we want to see Harry Kane in pain.

 

Search and destroy
‘Scots fans taunt ‘we’ll destroy the English b******s’ as they invade London’ – The Sun website.

‘Invade’ is definitely an appropriate word to use for people who, at worst, travelled to London on the train before consuming quite a lot of alcohol and causing no actual trouble.

And it was one Scottish fan that ‘taunted’ about how Scotland will “destroy the England b******s” (Mediawatch is happy to assume that was “ballbags”) during a game between the two countries.

 

Notion’s XI
Elsewhere on The Sun website:

‘How England could line-up vs Scotland with James & Shaw in starting XI’

It really was absolutely impossible to envisage the same England side that beat Croatia, , until Dave Fraser sorted the graphic and wrote 590 words of fluff.

 

Get your Phil
Even more elsewhere on The Sun website:

‘Phil Foden dyes hair bleach blonde again in another nod to England hero Paul Gascoigne as Scotland Euro 2020 clash nears’

A reminder that Foden himself said “it was my own thing and people have turned it into something else”. He was almost four full years from even being born when Gascoigne played at Euro 96.

But that is not about to stop Richard Forrester flogging an incredibly dead horse. He writes in his second paragraph:

‘On the eve of England’s Euro 2020 clash with rivals Scotland, the Manchester City ace has taken inspiration from the legendary Paul Gascoigne.’

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By the sixth paragraph, the penny finally drops:

‘Despite the similarities, Foden has insisted his new-look style was his ‘own thing.”

What a lovely ‘nod’ to Gascoigne that still isn’t.

 

Bottled it
As is the media obligation, what was initially has been turned into something incredibly boring and repetitive as every single person ever is asked for their opinion on a topic they understandably haven’t given a great deal of previous thought to.

Gareth Southgate did at least play ball when it came to the Coca-Cola situation, offering some considered words on the influence of sponsors, the importance of their financial backing throughout sport and the “bigger picture” outside of simply removing bottles of fizzy drink to promote water.

How does the Daily Mirror treat such a nuanced view?

‘Gareth Southgate refusing to follow Cristiano Ronaldo’s lead by moving Coca Cola bottles’

He’s not ‘refusing’ to do anything. He has his own opinion and expressed it sensibly. And that is fine without pretending that Gareth Southgate is defying Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

‘splaining to do
One does not have to search much further on the Daily Mirror website before encountering the captain’s thoughts on this important matter.

‘ explains why he didn’t move Coca Cola bottles in front of him,’ reads the headline. This promises to be huge. You can tell before the explanation is kept from us until Kane’s actual quotes in the 12th paragraph:

“Obviously the sponsors are entitled to what they want if they’ve paid the money to do so. It’s not something I’ve thought too much about. I’ve seen it go round on social media but if I’m totally honest I’m more focused on tomorrow than anything like that.”

More as we get it.

 

Cola bone
‘England refuse to join in with Coca-Cola protest during European Championship’ – Daily Telegraph.

‘Refuse’? ‘Protest’? Fingers crossed England don’t get Portugal in the next round because this could get ugly.

 

Camera shy
Martin Samuel is professionally furious in the Daily Mail not about Coca-Cola, but the fact that the aftermath of Kane’s chest hitting a goal post against was not immediately broadcast for everyone to see.

It is a truly valiant fight, we are sure you will agree.

‘At Wembley last weekend, when Harry Kane collided with a goalpost the cameras cut away to an aerial shot of the ground. This followed what many felt were intrusive images following the collapse of Christian Eriksen, not least those of his acutely distressed partner.

‘Yet Kane’s was a straight football injury. His life wasn’t endangered, in fact, after a short delay he played on.’

That’s fine then. Life endangerment? Cameras should cut away. That is where the line is drawn. Viewers must see absolutely everything else, aside from streakers and people drinking alcohol in the stands.

By the way, ‘many felt’ that the shots shown in the immediate aftermath of Christian Eriksen’s collapse ‘were intrusive images’ specifically because they were. Players were crying because a teammate and friend was in critical condition. His wife was clearly and understandably distraught. Showing all that seemed pretty ‘intrusive’ alright.

‘Now we hear UEFA have ordered broadcasters not to show the aftermath of potentially serious injuries. How ridiculous. Kane is England’s captain.’

Yes and a result we demand to see every second of him in pain after clattering into a metal pole. He is England’s captain!

‘The nation wants to know he’s fit and well, not receive an image that gives the impression he’s half-dead.’

Did anyone genuinely leap to that conclusion? Did your straw man panic?

What must his family and friends, watching at home, have thought?’

That it looked quite painful but hopefully he will be fine, much as the rest of the nation thought.

‘This is another senseless over-reaction in a world increasingly filled with them.’

Agreed. Although not in the way you think.

 

Down and Wout
At least Andy Dillon of The Sun had fun watching Netherlands beat Austria 2-0.

‘On 24 minutes Depay lashed a shot into the side netting with venom which suggested he was eager to continue his fruitful run of scoring at the moment.’

You don’t say?

Then of Wout Weghorst, he writes:

‘The Wolfsburg man’s international naivety showed when he opted to square the ball across the six yard box to Depay instead of blasting it into the back of the net.

‘Even more baffling was Depay’s fumble when he merely had to tap in for goal number two only to scuff his left foot shot and send the ball over the bar.’

It was weird when the entire BBC panel and commentary team slated Weghorst for giving his teammate an open goal. It is no less strange to see such criticism of Weghorst the morning after.

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