Despite coming just short in the Champions League final, Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez left the pitch proud of his team’s performance against newly-crowned European champions Manchester City.

The Nerazzurri had several chances, especially in the second half, but failed to capitalize on it.

For his part, the Argentine forward came close on one occasion, pouncing on a howler from Manuel Akanji. However, Man City goalkeeper Ederson did well to shut down the shooting angle.

Nonetheless, Lautaro remains proud of the performance he and his Inter Milan teammates displayed in the Champions League final.

“We’ve put the strongest team in the world in great difficulty,” reckoned the Argentine in his one of his post-match interviews in the mixed zone via FcInterNews.

“There’s certainly a lot of bitterness, but we must be proud of the work we’ve done. We showed our quality to the world.

“We must be proud of what we did tonight. We wanted to bring the cup home, unfortunately we didn’t succeed, so we’re feeling a great agony tonight.”

Martinez also analyzed the action on the pitch, explaining how Inter prevented Man City from showcasing their best level. However, the Premier League champions were more clinical in front of goal.

“Their goalkeeper doesn’t even know how he saved Romelu’s header. I think they played a match below their level because we we put them in great difficulty, but they were better at exploiting the details and that’s why they won”.

The 25-year-old was hoping to join an elite group of players who won the Champions League and the World Cup in the same season. But instead, the honor went to his compatriot Julian Alvarez, despite being an unused substitute in the final.