Ex-Inter Forward Hernan Crespo: “Lukaku & Lautaro Partnership Has No Rivals In Europe”

February 23, 2021 15:00
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Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez cannot be compared to any other strike force in all of Europe, at least according to former Inter striker Hernan Crespo.

The Belgian and Argentine internationals have been in fine form this season, combining for 38 goals in all competitions for Antonio Conte’s side.

Inter’s Lu-La partnership is on course to break all the Nerazzurri’s goal-scoring records and both were on target again when they beat AC Milan in Sunday’s derby.

“Inter are a team that are scoring with impressive ease and this means that the style they play is fluid and that everyone on the pitch knows what they have to do,” Crespo remarked in an interview with Italian daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

“In Italy there is no partnership as prolific as Lukaku and Lautaro and even in Europe, I struggle to think of comparisons.

“They complete each other and everyone in the team plays for them.”

Crespo, who scored 45 goals in 116 appearances for Inter, then spoke further on Lautaro and was full of praise for his compatriot.

“I have known Lautaro for a long time, this summer I advised him not to accept Barcelona’s offers and not to move from Inter and in the end I was right.

“In the box he is deadly, his movements are always aimed at shooting and he is strong with his head, has good timing and does well even against defenders taller than him.”

Crespo proceeded to speak on the revitalised duo of Christian Eriksen and Ivan Perisic, who have turned things around for themselves at Inter of late.

“Many considered them as out of the project, but Conte was a master of psychology in bringing them back on the right path.

“It is from these details that we see the importance of a coach.

“He was patient, he made them learn the rules of the dressing room and he waited for them as a good family man would and now Inter have two more players.”

Crespo, who was appointed earlier this month as Sao Paulo’s new head coach in Brazil, then went on to share what he thinks Inter have to do off the back of their Milan derby win this past weekend.

“Inter must now show that they have consistency,” he argued.

“It’s OK to win the derby like that, but you have to have a great performance even when you go away against small teams when it is a less glamourous match.

“Inter will have to be able to face teams that sit back and prove they have no problems in creating chances.

“Lukaku and Lautaro must help each other against the small teams.”

Inter are four points clear at the top of Serie A after their victory in the Derby della Madonnina.


By Cammy Anderson

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