Yesterday evening’s Serie A win over Salernitana confirmed Lautaro Martinez as the only Inter Milan player without a real backup in the squad.
This is the view of Italian broadcaster SportMediaset, via FCInter1908.
Martinez did not start at the Stadio Arechi yesterday evening.
The Argentine, who is Inter’s captain, was one of a number of Nerazzurri players who got a rest in that match.
The likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Federico Dimarco, and Alessandro Bastoni also did not start the match.
Evidently, Inter coach Simone Inzaghi backed the squad depth that he had at his disposal. The coach named a starting eleven with a few “backup” options in the hopes of getting three important points without exhausting some of his most important players.
And in most areas of the pitch, Inzaghi’s rotation worked fine.
In defense, Bastoni was not missed too much. Francesco Acerbi shifted over to the left, whilst Benjamin Pavard put in another strong performance.
Meanwhile, on the left flank, Carlos Augusto did a more than adequate job of filling in for Dimarco.
In midfield, things didn’t work perfectly. The balance of the trio lacked a bit of energy with Davy Klaassen starting.
However, Mediaset argued, Inter coped well enough considering that they were resting a key starter like Mkhitaryan and also dealing with some injuries.
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But in attack, Mediaset contend, it was a much different story.
Alexis Sanchez took the place of captain Martinez alongside Marcus Thuram.
The Chilean is certainly a player with great quality. And he did show it in flashes.
But the problem was that Sanchez simply does not bring the same kinds of attributes that Martinez does.
The Argentine is an out-and-out striker.
He is Inter’s main goal threat, as he has demonstrated all through the current season. And he gave an even more emphatic demonstration in the second half against Salernitana after he came on.
In the view of Mediaset, yesterday’s match was further proof that Martinez is simply not a player who Inter can do without.