Real Sociedad legend Xabi Prieto feels that Lautaro Martinez is the Inter Milan player he’d most like to see out of this evening’s Champions League group stage opening match.
Speaking to Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, the 40-year-old former midfielder gave his thoughts ahead of this evening’s match.
Real Sociedad are a team who can boast plenty of quality within their ranks.
The Basque club have a blend of technical and physical quality, youth and experience, all over the pitch.
But Inter are certainly the team who can boast more high-profile top-level footballers among their ranks. Few would disagree on that point.
This means that the Nerazzurri’s squad contains quite a few players who are capable of individually making the difference.
Among these are midfielder Nicolo Barella and wingback Federico Dimarco.
Then, there is midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian scored a brace for the Nerazzurri in their derby win over AC Milan on Saturday.
And striker Marcus Thuram is another player who scored in that derby victory. The Frenchman has begun his first season in an Inter shirt in blistering form.
But none of these are the players who former La Real midfielder Prieto most fears.
Rather, the Spanish former midfielder feels that the player who’s scored five goals for Inter so far this season is the one that he’d like to take out of the Nerazzurri’s teamsheet.
Real Sociedad Legend Xabi Prieto: Lautaro Martinez The Player To Fear For Inter
Martinez may not have scored for Inter in their win over Milan last Saturday.
However, the Argentine has been the Nerazzurri’s top scorer in each of the past two seasons.
Moreover, Martinez wears the captain’s armband for Inter.
The striker brings far more to the team than just his goals.
Prieto said that “If I could remove some players from Inter, there are several that I’d remove.”
“But if I can only remove one, I would remove Lautaro,” the former midfielder said.
He noted of Martinez that “Last Saturday he didn’t score in the win over Milan. So I’m sure he’ll be arriving at San Sebastian with all the more determination to score.”