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Lukaku on fulfilling his childhood dream

Romelu Lukaku has been discussing his two goals against Aston Villa and the emotion of fulfilling his childhood dream by scoring at Stamford Bridge.

The striker grew up supporting Chelsea and declared at a young age that his ambition was to one day play for the club and find the net in a Blues shirt at the Bridge.

He has had to be patient to achieve that dream, but wasted no time after returning for a second spell in west London, hitting a brace in his first home game since rejoining Chelsea last month.

However, as proud as he is at making good on that promise to score at Stamford Bridge, he admits that now it was the victory over Aston Villa that has become the most important thing to him.

‘It’s a relief,’ Lukaku said about getting his first goals at the Bridge. ‘It was my dream, since I was 11 I have waited for this moment and worked hard for this moment.

‘But I am very happy with the win, it was an important game for us. It was about focus and motivation and we showed the will to win from the first minute so I’m very happy with the result. It was great to score, as I said this was a childhood dream for me and I’m very happy to be in this situation, but I want us to win.’

If Romelu was feeling at all nervous about his chance to fulfil that dream it didn’t show when he got his first in the 3-0 win over Villa, as he demonstrated great composure in latching on to Mateo Kovacic’s great pass and turning inside his marker before finishing low with his less-favoured right foot.

He also explained why much of the credit for that goal goes to Kovacic for the assist and head coach Thomas Tuchel for his pre-match tactical insight, as well as admitting his previous experience of playing with Villa defender Axel Tuanzebe during their time together at Manchester United played a part.

‘It was something that the coach said before the game, he wanted us to play forward as soon as we got the ball. Kova saw my run and it was a brilliant ball and the rest was just instinct.

'It was something the coach was saying before the game, that when we recovered the ball he wanted us to play forward very quickly and Kova, with his quality, I wasn’t doubting him. I made the run, he saw it and it was a brilliant pass, the rest was just instinct.

‘I played with Tuanzebe back in the day, he knows I’m left-footed, so I felt like maybe he wouldn’t be expecting it.’

However, he says the second of his strikes, as he drove a powerful shot high into the net from the edge of the box, was all down to the hard work he does on the training pitch.

‘The contact was good, I hit it cleanly, and the touch was good, I got it out of my feet quickly. I think that’s just work. A lot of goals, they are good finishes and good touches, and that just comes from good training.’

It was a clinical performance from our striker, as he found the net twice in a game of relatively few chances, despite the comfortable 3-0 scoreline, and he feels that focus on taking every opportunity in front of goal that comes his way is a direct result of what he learned during his time in Italy.

‘It was about efficiency,’ explained. ‘I was playing in Italy, in a league where I would have maybe one chance in a game and I had to take it. So I think that’s down to the experience and hard work, my team-mates understanding me. I’m very happy with the situation that I’m in and the goals.

‘I think it just comes from experience. My career was up and down at the start, but I found a certain consistency in the last three years, I would say, and now with experience and hard work I just keep trying to improve.’

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