Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has told Antonio Conte to ‘stop bragging’ following his claim that the Blues are yet to figure out how to utilise Romelu Lukaku.
Conte, the ex-Chelsea boss who coached Lukaku at Inter Milan, managed to get the very best out the Belgium international while in Italy as he helped fire the Nerazzurri to the Serie A league title last season.
Following his £97.5million move back to Stamford Bridge, the 28-year-old has scored four goals in eight games across all competitions under Thomas Tuchel, but was kept quiet in the recent Chelsea matches.
"I don’t think Chelsea have quite figured out how to use him yet. He is a very specific striker. Bringing Lukaku into the box, he is dangerous. However, when he starts from midfield, he is incredibly quick. It is very difficult to find a player who is both a target man but can also run from midfield."
But French World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf thinks Conte was wrong for his analysis as it comes across as ‘bragging’.
Leboeuf told ESPN FC. “He was wrong to say it. He was in a way bragging for me. It is bragging.
“He’s saying, ‘I did well, I was able to put Romelu Lukaku at his best,’ which is right, which is completely right and he did very well.
“But he’s saying, if you read between the lines, Tuchel doesn’t. And as a former coach of Chelsea, you should take a step back at some point and stop bragging.“