Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez’s limited rest lately could be behind their struggles in front of goal in last night’s Champions League group stage match away to Shakhtar Donetsk according to a report in today’s print edition of Italian daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
The pair both had multiple chances to score at the Kyiv Olympic Stadium but neither player was able to find the back of the net and Inter ended up drawing the match 0-0.
Since the last international break, Lukaku and Lautaro have played the first and third most minutes of all outfield players at Inter, with Lukaku having played 605 minutes whilst Lautaro has played 472 minutes.
Whilst not an absolute guarantee that this is why they struggled, the report from the Milan based news outlet goes on to explain it is quite logical to think that the lack of rest both players have had could have led to a lack of lucidity, especially when games are being played so close together.
The report goes on to add that Alexis Sanchez’ absence is having a big impact and his presence yesterday could have changed things on a tactical level.