The Belgian star scored his first home goal for the Blues, ten years after arriving in West London for his first visit to the club.
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has admitted that he fulfilled a childish fantasy by finally opening his account in front of the faithful Stamford Bridge.
The Belgian international made a quick start to his second season with the Blues and has scored three goals in as many games since moving from Inter this summer.
But Saturday’s double against Aston Villa had a special meaning for him, as he received an exciting round of applause from the home crowd.
What was said?
‘It’s my dream since I was 11 [to score here], “Lukaku explained Sky Sports after his 3-0 win over the Villans, weakened by the absence of Argentine couple Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia, who need to be isolated after traveling to the World Cup in September.
“I worked hard for this moment. I am very happy for the victory. It was an important match for us. We showed the will to win from the first minute and I am very happy with the result.
“In Italy I played in a league where I might have had one or two chances in a game, so I had to seize them. I am very happy with the situation I am in and we continue.”
The attacker added: ‘Villa were very good and pushed hard, especially the three of us up front. They made life very difficult for us. This is wonderful. It’s a childhood dream for me. to continue.
“The coach said before the game that when we recovered the ball, we had to play it very fast forward. I do not doubt Kova [Mateo Kovacic] quality [for the first goal]. It was a good fit. I played with [Axel] Tuanzebe back in the day, he knows I’m left-footed, so I switched to the right. “
The bigger picture
Lukaku made his first move to Chelsea at 18, after appearing on the scene with Anderlecht.
However, his time at Stamford Bridge was frustrating as he only got 15 games in three seasons at the club and could not score a single competitive goal.
A further period with Everton showed his abilities before the goal, and he led the Manchester United line for two seasons before finding his best form in Italy at Inter.
Lukaku scored 64 goals in 95 appearances for the Nerazzurri, a record that helped the club regain the Serie A title after 11 years and also convinced Chelsea to part with £ 98 million ($ 136 million) and to bring the foreman back.