Inter striker Lautaro Martinez highlighted the importance of the 1-0 win over Hellas Verona in Serie A yesterday, and turned his focus to the Supercoppa Italiana against AC Milan.

The Argentina international scored the only goal as Inter secured all three points at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to move 10 points behind leaders Napoli in the title race, in the Nerazzurri’s final league game before they fly out to Saudi Arabia to contest the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday.

In an interview with Italian television broadcaster Sky Sport Italia after the match, and as reported by, Martinez insisted that the Nerazzurri had been prepared for a tough encounter against a team struggling to maintain their Serie A status.

“We knew it would be a tough, tough match. We immediately found the goal and then we did what we had prepared against a team that plays man-to-man all over the pitch. The important thing was to win,” the former Racing Club striker said.

“The race to catch Napoli? It’s still long, but we can’t make any more mistakes because they are far away.”

Martinez returned to Inter after lifting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with Argentina, but struggled for form in the competition and failed to score from open play.

However, he insisted that his focus was to bring joy to supporters, and this would be applied to Inter fans when they Nerazzurri take on Milan for the Supercoppa Italiana.

“On a personal level, after the World Cup, I’m fine. In Qatar I did not do what I wanted, but I always try to give joy to people.

“Now we have to rest for the Super Cup, tomorrow we leave and we’ll try to bring the cup here for all the Inter fans,” he concluded.

Inter face Milan in Saudi capital Riyadh, as they seek a 7th title and only a second since 2010.