Legendary former Inter defender Beppe Bergomi feels that midfielder Nicolo Barella was Inter’s standout performer in yesterday evening’s Serie A win over Salernitana.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, Bergomi named Barella as the best player on the pitch, even ahead of hat-trick hero Lautaro Martinez.
Barella has not always been at his best in recent matches as the fatigue from playing so often has started to show, but against Salernitana he put in a memorable display.
The 25-year-old assisted both of Martinez’s two goals, but beyond that, he seemed to be ever-present to put his stamp on the midfield battle decisively.
Bergomi was highly impressed with what he saw from the former Cagliari midfielder to help the Nerazzurri to a vital win, their first in four Serie A matches, and feels that of everyone in the team he was the man of the match.
“It was important for Inter to win, it was not taken for granted that they would,” he said. “It went well and the goals came from the forwards.”
“Salernitana certainly made the Nerazzurri’s task easier,” he added of the poor defending by the away side.
Of Martinez’s hat-trick, Bergomi said that “Right away, he hit the crossbar, then the assist from Barella is wonderful and gives him the first goal. For me, Barella was the best player on the pitch, even beyond the two assists.”