Inter striker Lautaro Martinez is happy with how his teamed performed in an intense 2-2 draw with Atalanta at the San Siro this evening, though he would have liked a win rather than a draw from the match.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster DAZN after the match, the 24-year-old gave his immediate reaction to a match in which he opened the scoring but then had to help his team come back from a deficit to reach a final scoreline of 2-2.
Both Inter and Atalanta created several good chances in a frenetic contest at the San Siro, with the Nerazzurri missing a late penalty and La Dea having a goal overturned by VAR due to the ball having crossed the line during the buildup.
Martinez believes that the result reflected the fact that Atalanta are a tough and physical side with good organization and attacking intent, and he ultimately sees the result as a reflection of the Nerazzurri’s mental strength in adverse circumstances against strong opposition.
“We could have won and lost,” he said. “They are strong, physical, they press man to man all over the pitch But we know them well. We have shown character, drawing a complicated game. We have once again managed to show the character. We still have to work like this.”
“A bit like in Florence,” was how he characterized today’s match, comparing it to the comeback win against Fiorentina during the week. “Today we had a good start, it shouldn’t happen that we have to come back at home.”
On the choice of Federico Dimarco to take the penalty in the second half, Martinez said, “We have many players who can take them – me, Calhanoglu, Dimarco. The coach chose him, he made a mistake, but it happens. He played very well. We have to give more.”
On the Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday he said, “We have to win in Kiev. Go there and play our game, stopping them from being at their best being at ours.”
And on his goal, he simply stated, “I don’t remember it well, but it helps us to continue fighting with confidence here in this shirt.”