Inter striker Lautaro Martinez has warned that his teammates must be prepared for a tough battle as they seek to keep themselves in the Serie A title race.

The Argentina international netted twice as Inter secured a 2-1 win over Cremonese at the Stadio Giovanni Zini this evening to move the club into second place in the table.

In an interview with Italian television broadcaster DAZN after the final whistle, and as reported by, Martinez admitted that it was important to bounce back from Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Empoli, in which Milan Skriniar was sent off, with a victory over Cremonese.

“Three points that are worth a lot because we were coming from a defeat. But with 10 men it’s difficult for anyone to play,” the 25-year-old said.

“Today it was a success with effort, but from here to the end it will always be like that. We have to be ready and go to war.”

The former Racing Club striker has moved on to 11 league goals for the season, level with Atalanta’s Ademola Lookman, and only trailing Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.

However, Martinez insisted that his goals were only important in helping Inter to earn as many wins as possible, especially with a Coppa Italia clash against Atalanta and a Derby della Madonnina against AC Milan over the coming week.

“I hope to get as many goals as I can, it means I’ve given the team a hand. This is what really interests me.

“We’re catching up on ourselves: we’ve dropped a lot of points, we have to improve. Now comes the derby, but first Atalanta in the cup: we need to recover our energy, we know what matches against them are like.

“The Coppa Italia is a competition that then leads you to play another final like the one we just won,” Martinez added, in reference to Inter’s Supercoppa Italiana triumph earlier this month.