Inter Milan captain Lautaro Martinez is looking to cement himself as a protagonist this evening, as it has often been the case against Lazio.
On Monday, the 26-year-old will have the opportunity to lift his first trophy as Nerazzurri skipper. But first, the Serie A leaders must overcome the Biancocelesti in the semi-final of the Italian Super Cup.
The two sides will share the pitch at Al-Awwal Stadium in Riyadh this evening. The winner will advance to the final where Napoli awaits, having pummeled Fiorentina by three goals yesterday.
According to Il Corriere dello Sport via FcInterNews, Lautaro has proven to be Lazio’s bogeyman in the past, and he’ll be looking to further consolidate this status.
The 2022 World Cup winner bagged six goals in ten fixtures against the Italian capital side.
It’s worth noting that the Argentine used to operate as a supporting striker in the past rather than a centre-forward, operating slightly behind Romelu Lukaku or Edin Dzeko.
Therefore, the stats that he managed to register against the Aquile are certainly impressive, especially when taking into account his position on the pitch.
Nevertheless, the situation drastically changed for Lautaro over the summer. With Lukaku and Dzeko both gone, he has now formed a new and fruitful partnership with Marcus Thuram.
Inter Milan Captain Lautaro Martinez Looking To Consolidate Status As Lazio Boogeyman
With the Frenchman possessing different characteristics from the departed duo, Martinez is now playing closer to the penalty box.
This tweak has certainly yielded brilliant results since the start of the season, with the Argentine firing on all cylinders.
Lautaro is leading the Serie A scoring charts with 18 goals from as many fixtures, including one against Lazio last month.
The Roman newspaper argues that the striker has now recharged his batteries following a brief injury layoff in December. Therefore, he’ll be looking to torment Lazio with his strikes yet again.