Inter Milan captain Lautaro Martinez lacked an edge in front of goal against Juventus, but did his share of the work defensively.
This is the verdict in the player ratings for the match across Italian media, as highlighted by L’Interista.
Martinez has been enjoying his best season in front of goal to date this campaign.
The 26-year-old is on track to smash his record for goals in a single season. And he is also the clear frontrunner to finish the campaign as the top scorer in Serie A.
However, one match that has not tended to be kind to Martinez is the Derby d’Italia.
Compared to a fixture like the Milan derby, where Martinez rarely misses the opportunity to find the back of the net, goals are hard to come by for the Argentine against Juventus.
And so it proved in yesterday’s edition of the match.
Lautaro Martinez Blunt In Front Of Goal But Puts In A Shift Defensively Vs Juventus
Martinez had a tough assignment coming up against Juventus defender Bremer yesterday.
The Brazilian is one of the outstanding defenders in Serie A. He has been proving that all season long, and gave another demonstration of it yesterday evening at the San Siro.
And yesterday, Martinez was not able to get past the former Torino defender.
The Inter captain had done so in the reverse fixture, finding the one decisive chance that he needed to get on the scoresheet.
But yesterday, it was the Juventus defender who decisively won the battle.
Despite Inter having more of the ball and creating more dangerous situations, there was little cutting edge in the final third from Martinez under the watchful eye of the towering Bremer.
On the other hand, Martinez showed how even when he is not at his best in attack, he is still the captain.
The 26-year-old gave everything to press and harry the Juventus defense.
Martinez is always the first line of defense for Inter. And that was the case as much as ever in one of the Nerazzurri’s most important matches of the season yesterday,