After the game, Lukaku had this to say: “This win today is really important for us because Bayer Leverkusen have quality and are a good team. We missed too many chances, but luckily we won. The defence were excellent and Barella was, for me, the best player on the pitch. He played incredibly well and is growing a lot. Physically, we feel fine. We’re taking strides forward, but games like this need to be killed off sooner. However, the important thing is to win, and we now have a week to get ready for the next match. The semi-final will be a great game and we need to be ready.
“We had to soak up a lot of pressure, but the team did that well. I’ve always wanted to win, ever since I was little. I’ve always said that I will give my all for this team, and now we need to get ready for the next game. We’re a great team: my teammates help me a lot, otherwise I couldn’t do these things and achieve these numbers. Young played in a great ball to me, my teammates look for me: we’re doing well together, all of us.”
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