Ex-Inter Defender Nicolas Burdisso: “Lautaro Martinez Is Nerazzurri’s Future, Conte Can Begin Winning Cycle”

Ex-Inter Defender Nicolas Burdisso: “Lautaro Martinez Is Nerazzurri’s Future, Conte Can Begin Winning Cycle”
April 16, 2021 12:00
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Lautaro Martinez has the world at his feet with Inter and Argentina, at least if you agree with the Nerazzurri’s former defender Nicolas Burdisso.

El Toro has scored 15 goals in Serie A this season and has been pivotal in the Nerazzurri’s quest for a first league title since 2010.

Burdisso could not speak highly enough of his fellow countryman and even made a comparison of sorts between Lautaro and Lionel Messi.

“Lautaro is an extraordinary player,” Burdisso, who spent five seasons at Inter between 2004 and 2009, told Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday.

“We have lots of great forwards in Argentina, but only him and Messi have unique characteristics.

“El Toro is Argentina and Inter’s present and future.”

Inter are odds-on favourite to secure the Scudetto now with Antonio Conte’s side 11 points clear at the top of the table.

Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni have helped the Nerazzurri keep nine clean sheets in their last 13 games, and Burdisso believes it’s no coincidence to see such a defensively solid team running away with the title.

“It’s the defence that wins you leagues, everywhere in the world,” he argued.

“It’s a different story in knockout tournaments, but over the course of 38 games it’s the solidity which makes the difference.

“Conte sometimes rotates players in his midfield, but he doesn’t change anything at the back or up front unless he has to.

“Andrea Ranocchia and Danilo D’Ambrosio are valid alternatives but Skriniar, De Vrij and Bastoni are extraordinary together.

“Then you have Lautaro and Romelu Lukaku who are always thinking as one.

“They’re always available for each other, keeping the right distance apart and moving perfectly.

“Conte has done well to keep them always involved in Inter’s play.”

Burdisso also tipped Conte to win many more titles at Inter, adding: “He can open a new winning cycle now.

“I’m pleased that it’s Inter who are close to succeeding Juventus as Serie A champions.”

By Will Beckman