Inter striker Lautaro Martinez feels that the captain’s armband changes little in terms of his motivation.

Speaking to InterTV following the Nerazzurri’s 2-0 Champions League semifinal first leg win over AC Milan, via FCInterNews, the Argentine opened up on what his leadership in the team means to him.

Martinez has emerged as a key figure in this Inter team in multiple senses.

The 25-year-old’s goals and holdup play are important, but so is his leadership.

Inter legend Beppe Bergomi has hailed Lautaro Martinez as being this Nerazzurri side’s true leader on the pitch.

This has been reflected in the fact that Martinez has been wearing the captain’s armband for Inter recently.

Since defender Milan Skriniar was stripped of the armband, the World Cup winner has frequently been the skipper of the team.

This is a reflection of Martinez’s workrate and the way that the Argentine sets the tone for the team’s performances.

The way that the 25-year-old leads from the front is hardly something new, however, and from his perspective little has been changed by his newfound captain’s responsibilities.

Lautaro Martinez opens up about captain’s armband

The striker made clear that “With or without the armband, I try to help my teammates in any way I can.”

Of the win over AC Milan, he said that “This was a brilliant win, a beautiful derby, and now we focus on the league and then the second leg.”

“I want to congratulate all my teammates, because we took to the pitch exactly the way we prepared to, we pressed them all over the pitch.”

“Because we had a two-goal lead, we started to manage the match a bit differently, in the second half we lowered the intensity a bit.”

“It’s a big advantage, now we have to finish the job next week,” the striker added.