Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has made an honest admission regarding Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.
Juve’s veteran defender will likely be tasked the mission of manhandling Lukaku directly later today.
Speaking to the Athletic, Bonuccia heaped praise upon Lukaku.
“Romelu Lukaku has proven himself to be a complete striker. He can win games on his own. When you come up against him you have to be switched on for 100 minutes a game.
“Unfortunately for us defenders, we can’t disengage our brains even for 10 seconds because those 10 seconds might be lethal.”
The defender proceeded to discuss his plan to keep Lukaku quiet in the Champions League game between Juventus and Chelsea:
“You must never engage Lukaku in a physical battle or play touch-tight. Instead, be ready to drop off because when his team has the ball, he will try to run in behind.
“In the box, he’s great at playing man-to-man so you need to be on the front foot, try to read the game and play hard.
“If you let him take up a position and he gets ahead of you, you won’t be able to step out and anticipate what’s coming.”
Chelsea know that a win will see them go three points clear at the top of Group H, whilst a draw could see the Blues drop out of the qualification spots on matchday two.