Thursday, September 19, 2019


Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku and team-mate Marcelo Brozovic had to be separated by Alexis Sanchez after a row erupted in the dressing room following the Italian side's performance against Slavia Prague.

The former Manchester United striker is said to have criticised his team-mate's inability to follow Antonio Conte's tactics and infuriated midfielder Brozovic by accusing the Croatian of losing possession on too many occasions during the 1-1 Champions League draw.

The conversation between Lukaku and Brozovic started in a calm manner in the Inter changing room before tensions reached boiling point as the midfielder responded to the Belgian's criticism, pointing out a missed opportunity in front of goal.

Romelu Lukaku was said to have been frustrated with Inter's performance on Tuesday night

Romelu Lukaku was said to have been frustrated with Inter's performance on Tuesday night

Marcelo Brozovic was angered by Lukaku's claims that Inter players weren't following orders

Marcelo Brozovic was angered by Lukaku's claims that Inter players weren't following orders

Harsh words were shared between the pair as they came face-to-face before Sanchez stepped in to keep the peace and stand up for his friend and fellow striker Lukaku. The ex-United men formed a close bond during their time at Old Trafford and have continued that friendship in Italy.

Although Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic stepped in on behalf of Brozovic, the Croatian is said to be missing his compatriot and ally Ivan Perisic who moved to Bayern Munich on loan last summer and would usually support him during any controversy.

Antonio Conte's way of management often creates an air of high tension and adrenaline among his players and he likes his squad to feel 'under stress' but the former Chelsea boss was left extremely angry by the dispute.  

Alexis Sanchez stepped in to try and keep the peace between Lukaku and Brozovic

He has already spoken to club chief Giuseppe Marotta to ask him to deal with the situation behind closed doors. Conte may even consider dropping Brozovic such is his loyalty to new £73million signing Lukaku.

The reports will provide added motivation for arch rivals AC Milan, ahead of this weekend's Derby di Milano.

Inter have started their season unbeaten in Serie A while Milan sit on seventh in the league after a mixed start.  

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