Lautaro Martinez cemented his status as a “symbol” of Inter Milan with his goal against Juventus in yesterday’s Serie A draw.
This is the view in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Martinez is a player who has been decisive against plenty of opponents for Inter.
The 26-year-old has gained a reputation for rising to the occasion in the derby against city rivals AC Milan, for example.
And goals against teams like Barcelona and Benfica were important to Inter’s run to last season’s Champions League final.
Martinez has not looked like a player who feels too much pressure from the big occasion.
The Argentine has shown his quality and mentality against teams like Roma, Napoli, Lazio, and Fiorentina.
But prior to yesterday, there was one glaring fixture that seemed to hold a jinx for Martinez.
Lautaro Martinez An Inter “Symbol” – Finally Proves Decisive Vs Juventus
Martinez seemed to save some of his most anonymous performances for matches against Juventus over the past few seasons.
The Argentine had particularly drawn criticism for not making the difference in matches at the Allianx Stadium in Turin.
And in the first half an hour of yesterday’s match, there were worries that it was the same story.
But then Martinez flipped the switch. The Inter captain proved that he doesn’t need more than a chance, slotting home a vital equalizer.
In a match where avoiding defeat was crucial for the Nerazzurri, Martinez rose to the occasion.
Getting a goal of that importance against Juventus on his CV will feel like an important moment for Martinez.
The 26-year-old inherited the armband during the summer.
With fourteen goals this season already before yesterday’s match, Martinez had been proving that he’s worthy of being captain.
But for his fifteenth, the Argentine etched his place as a “symbol” for Inter with even more emphasis.