Romelu Lukaku was understandably pleased after scoring for the third successive pre-season tour game in Jakarta on Thursday.
Lukaku, who played the second half in our 8-1 win against the BNI Indonesian All-Stars, scored twice, once with a calmly taken close-range finish and the other with a clever flicked header, which looped over the goalkeeper and into the far corner.
Afterwards, he admitted it is of course nice to be on the scoresheet, but there are other priorities, particularly at this stage of the campaign.
‘I’m feeling good, the team winning is the most important thing, along with the fitness,’ said the 20-year-old. ‘It’s nice to score two goals, but the reason I’m happy is the team has improved a lot since the start of pre-season and we’ve done better in each game we have played.
‘Of course I am pleased to have scored in every game. It’s a good habit and it’s nice to help the team, whether that’s with goals or assists it doesn’t matter but it’s a nice feeling.
‘Fitness-wide I feel good, very well, and no injuries so hopefully that will continue in the next couple of weeks. Matches are getting easier to get through, but the road is long and there is still plenty of room for improvement in the weeks to come.’
The players now fly home to England and are due to land in London on Friday morning. They have two days off before linking up with the returning players from the Confederations Cup, and depart for America for the second part of our pre-season preparations, on Tuesday.
Before then, Lukaku has plans to relax.
‘For sure I am going to relax and take some time with my family,’ he said. ‘My brother is playing football on Sunday so I will go and watch him, and spend time with my eight-month-old goddaughters.
‘Then we go to America and it will be intense, because the Confederations Cup players are back and it will mean another injection of quality and there will naturally be more intensity in training.’