Inter Legend Nicola Berti: “Lautaro & Barella Exceptional In Milan Derby, Eriksen Must Always Play”

Inter Legend Nicola Berti: “Lautaro & Barella Exceptional In Milan Derby, Eriksen Must Always Play”
February 23, 2021 09:30
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Christian Eriksen should be starting every game for Inter in their Serie A title run-in, according to the Nerazzurri’s legendary former midfielder Nicola Berti.

Antonio Conte started the Dane alongside Marcelo Brozovic in midfield for the third game running in Sunday’s Milan derby, again being rewarded with an encouraging display.

Berti was impressed with the 29-year-old in the 3-0 win over AC Milan and wants the Inter boss to keep faith with Eriksen.

“Have you seen the quality he has?” Berti cooed in an interview for Monday’s print edition of Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Someone with Eriksen’s quality must always play, although it’s undeniable that until recently he was struggling too much to express himself in Conte’s style of play.

“After his free-kick against AC Milan in the Coppa Italia though… now he looks like the player who takes you to the next level, yes.”

Inter’s win over their city rivals came courtesy of two goals from Lautaro Martinez and a fabulous solo effort from Romelu Lukaku on the counterattack.

Berti was full of admiration for El Toro’s performance at San Siro, before heaping yet more praise on his midfield heir Nicolo Barella.

“Lautaro was the key to Sunday’s win, even more so than Lukaku,” he argued.

“He was always in the match and always dangerous, always decisive.

“He had already been crucial in the game against Lazio the other week.

“Barella is always exceptional, he’s the lungs and the leader of this team.

“Even in his less spectacular performances he knows how to be decisive.

“Barella always there to pick up the second balls and he doesn’t lose a tackle, although perhaps we should spare a word for the defenders as well, because we always speak too little about them.

“With Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni Inter have become insuperable at the back, and if Samir Handanovic is back to these levels again…”

Berti also praised Conte for the job he was doing at Inter in a separate part of the interview, arguing Inter had no option but to accept their status as Serie A title favourites.

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