After netting a brace in their 4-3 win over Fiorentina yesterday, Inter striker Lautaro Martinez revealed that the team held difficult conversations to get through a tough spell.
The Argentina international struck twice as the Nerazzurri secured a thrilling victory at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, securing a third consecutive Serie A win after a period of poor form had left them stranded in midtable.
Speaking to Italian television broadcaster Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle yesterday, and as reported by FCInterNews.it, Martinez admitted that the squad had spoken openly to clear the air and attempt to get their season back on track.
“We said things face to face during a meeting in which everyone expressed their thoughts,” the former Racing Club striker revealed.
“From there we had to start again, we have lost too many points and we have to recover.
“It’s a victory that is worth a lot, we had an excellent game in terms of personality.
“They are a physical team, we had to take the game to them but when they attacked we defended ourselves well, though we should have tied it up earlier.”
Martinez has earned praise for improving his all-round game play and for being able to provide assists, but was thankful for teammates such as Edin Dzeko for helping with the workload.
“Every day I try to improve, also based on my teammates around me.
“Edin does a lot of work, today he assisted Nicolò for the decisive goal. I try to give my best, looking at my teammates, but I’m young and I can still improve.
Meanwhile, he also shrugged off suggestions that his partnership with Dzeko yielded more goals, but he played more effectively alongside Lukaku.
“When I was playing with Lukaku he took all the penalties, but if I had taken them I would have scored the same goals as last year!”
Martinez was brought to Inter from Racing Club in Argentina and the move has been credited to the work of ex-Nerazzurri striker and current Racing director Diego Milito.
The former striker was in attendance in Florence and Martinez was keen to thank him for his impact on his career.
“We talk often, he was important for me at Racing and for my arrival at Inter, I always thank him because he is a person who has trusted me since my debut at Racing, and we will certainly go for dinner in the coming days,” he added.
The 25-year-old turned his attention to his national team, as he prepares to secure a place in Argentina’s World Cup squad alongside Lionel Messi.
“We are talking about the best in the world, Leo was fundamental for me, you have to be prepared for everything when you play with this type of player.
“I’m sorry to see (Fiorentina striker Nicolas) Gonzalez injured, he felt his muscle tighten.
“I hope it’s nothing serious and that he is ready for the national team,” Martinez concluded.