Inter Milan captain Lautaro explained the difference in style between his old striking partner Romelu Lukaku and new teammate Marcus Thuram.
The Argentine formed a deadly partnership with the Belgian giant between 2019 and 2021.
The duo rekindled their collaboration when Lukaku made his return on loan from Chelsea in 2022. However, the latter struggled for playing time, with Simone Inzahgi preferring Edin Dzeko on most occasions.
Following a troublesome summer, the Belgium international irked everyone at Inter by opening talks with Juventus. He eventually ended up signing for AS Roma.
Nevertheless, Thuram is making sure that Lukaku is hardly missed at Appiano Gentile. The Frenchman has rapidly established himself as a pillar at the club following his summer switch from Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Frenchman is proving to be the perfect foil for Lautaro, with both strikers enjoying great goal-scoring runs.
The two forwards were both on target in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Lazio.
After the match, Lautaro insisted that Lukaku and Thuram are two different players.
“I honestly didn’t expect Marcus to be this good. He’s a mature player, strong, fast and always raises his head. He’s very important for us,” said the Inter captain in his post-match interview with Sky Sport Italia via FcInterNews.
“He is giving us a great hand. With Lukaku it was something else, Romelu always remained in the middle, between the central defenders, while Marcus moves across the entire frontline. They are not similar.”
As for the victory over Lazio, Martinez hailed the team’s display, considering it a significant signal.
“This is an important signal, also for ourselves because we have been following a path for years and the team is growing in every aspect.
“It’s also important that the new players have immediately understood what it means to play for this shirt and fight for our objectives. We are not just eleven players but twenty-five.”
The Nerazzurri captain highlights his duties as leader while revealing what he asked of his teammates in his speech.
“I told them that we need everyone. Wearing the armand doesn’t mean ruling the locker room. This is a responsibility that I hold dearly, but I need everyone’s support.
“The important thing is to have people at my side who help me every day. Luckily, we have created a great group.”