Former Inter defender Diego Godin spoke about Nerazzurri striker Lautaro Martinez ahead of tonight’s Copa America clash between Uruguary and Argentina.

The Uruguayan center-back spoke in an official press conference before yesterday’s match, reported by Italian news outlet FCInterNews, where he talked about the growth he has seen in his opponent for the fixture.

The Uruguayan and the Argentine spent one season together at club level, with Godin joining the Nerazzurri in the summer of 2019, and the pair helped Inter finish second in Serie A and reach a Europa League final in Antonio Conte’s final season.

The 35-year-old departed from the Giuseppe Meazza for Cagliari in the summer, but he still had plenty of time to observe Martinez in the season when he was with Inter.

The veteran defender explained how Martinez was still a young and inexperienced defender when he joined Inter, but in just one season together he witness the development of a new maturity to the 23-year-old.

Godin explained:

“Lautaro is a boy who has grown a lot in the past two years, I know him, I have seen his growth in the intense year I shared with him at Inter.”

“He is a strong boy who knows how to use his body very well, who has learned very well how to use his best qualities. In addition, he is in good form, so we will have to be strong in defense, but also take care of what happens near the area.”

“Lautaro,” he closed, “is a player who not only scores goals, but also creates play, and he fights and fights.”