Former Juventus and Bologna midfielder Giancarlo Marocchi feels that Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez provided a rare kind of finish for first his first goal in Saturday evening’s Serie A win over Salernitana.
Marocchi spoke on Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews.
Martinez once again proved his worth to Inter with his remarkable four-goal haul against Salernitana on Saturday.
The Argentine was not in the starting eleven for the match. But once he came on, he left his mark.
In truth, before Martinez’s introduction Inter had been struggling to find fluency in attack.
The Nerazzurri lacked a real reference point in attack, or a player who could finish off their attacking move.
But almost as soon as Martinez came on, there looked to be more coherency and fluidity for Inter across the pitch.
Martinez gave an entirely different dimension to Inter’s play compared to when the team started the match.
The 26-year-old brought a natural striking instinct to the pitch. That had not really been the case when it was Alexis Sanchez pairing Marcus Thuram in the front pairing.
Whilst Martinez did not exactly hang off the last line of the Salernitana defense, there was no question that he was comfortable up against the Granata defenders.
Martinez instantly added shrewd attacking movement that the Salernitana players proved unable to deal with. He was regularly able to enter the penalty area and get on the end of dangerous chances.
Marocchi Praises Lautaro Martinez Finish On First Goal Vs Salernitana
It was not just intelligent movement or battling against defenders that Martinez provided, though.
The Argentine also showed yet again that he has the technical quality necessary to finish off his chances.
Martinez did well to combine with Thuram to turn a long ball from Yann Sommer into a dangerous chance. He timed his run perfectly.
And then when Thuram’s cross came to him, Martinez’s finish was unerring.
The Nerazzurri captain put a delicate chip on the ball to beat Salernitana keeper Guillermo Ochoa. He did so with his first touch, not giving Ochoa time to reach the ball.
Marocchi said that “That chipped touch on the first goal was something that Lautaro and few other strikers can do.”