Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is proving to be a “serial winner” this season – now Man City are in his sights.
This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Martinez has already had a season to remember.
The Nerazzurri have not been at their best in the league, it is true. The Argentine has not been able to add another Serie A title to his trophy cabinet.
However, in knockout competitions, Martinez has just about won the lot.
The Argentine won the World Cup with his national team in December, something that few players do.
This seemed to spark something in the Inter striker. The 25-year-old returned to the club season in January playing like a man possessed.
Martinez played a key role in Inter winning the Supercoppa Italiana in January.
Then, on Wednesday, he was the Nerazzurri’s match-winner against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia final.
Up Next For Lautaro Martinez – Man City
In between these two domestic cup triumphs, Martinez has been at the heart of Inter’s glittering run through the Champions League knockouts.
The Argentine was decisive in knockout ties against both Benfica and AC Milan. Both the Argentine’s goals and his holdup play and defensive workrate were vital to getting this far.
In the final, however, Martinez and Inter will be up against an entirely different sort of beast.
City have arguably been European football’s outstanding team this season.
Pep Guardiola’s men certainly showed how lethal they can be in attack with their 4-0 demolition job on Real Madrid in the semifinal second leg.
However, the Cityzens’ miserly defense has been just as important to their success as their attack. Arguably even moreso.
Accordingly, Martinez will know just what he’s up against.
Being decisive against this borderline perfect Man City team will prove more difficult than arguably anything Martinez has done to date.
However, if he is to do so, the reward will also be greater in turn. Both collectively and individually.
If Martinez can keep up his “serial winning” ways in Istanbul on June 10, Inter can cap off a memorable season in the best way.
Meanwhile, for the Argentine, showing his best against City would be vindication on a personal level.