·5 June 2023
·5 June 2023
Inter Milan midfielder Lautaro Martinez knows Man City are a great side, but still feels that the Nerazzurri can win on Saturday.
Speaking to UEFA Champions League Magazine, via FCInterNews, the Argentine gave his thoughts ahead of the final.
Inter are one match away from lifting European club football’s most important trophy.
Standing in their way, however, are a hugely formidable Manchester City team.
Many regard Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens as the single best team in all of Europe.
Accordingly, Inter will have no illusions about the scale of the challenge that awaits them in Istanbul.
“There’s no doubt that they’re one of the best teams in the world,” he said of City.
“They play a style of football that I really enjoy, and they will be a very tough opponent to come up against,” he continued.
“But we’ve faced very tough teams during the group stage and during the knockout rounds, and we we performed very well,” Martinez noted.
The striker stated that “We should try and enjoy it, because playing in a Champions League final isn’t something you do every day.”
“It will be a dream come true for all of us,” he said. “So all that’s left to do is to work hard and play as well as we possibly can.”
“And then hopefully, that the best team wins and we lift the trophy at the end of the match.”
The Argentine then looked back on his goal against city rivals AC Milan in the Champions League semifinal second leg.
“It was one of the most important of my career,” the striker said.
“Not because of its beauty, but for how important it was,” he said. “For the greatness and the story that it represented.”
Martinez said that “Scoring a goal is very special, so imagine how special it is during a match like that.”
“The important thing is that my teammates were able to enjoy themselves,” he continued. “Even the fans, and it helped to calm the team down.”
“We knew that if they’d scored a goal things could change quickly,” Martinez noted. “So it was important to reduce our anxiety and relax.”
The 25-year-old then spoke about the connection between Inter and Argentina.
“From the day I arrived at this club they made me feel like I was part of the family,” he said. “Like I grew up here.”
“And that’s very important for any player.”
“I knew there had been a lot of Argentines here,” Martinez noted. “Like Milito, Zanetti, Cambiasso, and Samuel, who have done an amazing job at this club.”
“It’s a big responsibility to carry this flag,” he continued.
“I’m very proud of what I’m achieving here, and I constantly say I have to keep fighting to achieve more.”
Martinez was then asked about what it’s like playing alongside Edin Dzeko and Romelu Lukaku.
“They’re two very different players,” the 25-year-old said.
“Edin likes to have the ball, he drops deeper and links up with his teammates,” he explained.
“Meanwhile Romelu tends to attack space in behind, and lets defenders track him to create space for the second striker.”
“I get along very well with both of them,” Martinez said of his two fellow strikers.
“I try to adapt to them and do whatever the team needs,” he went on. “If I have to attack the spaces to free up space for Edin I can do it easily, and the same goes for Romelu.”
Finally, Martinez was asked about Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi.
“It’s always important to know how we want to play and understand the coach’s ideas,” he said.
“Changing things up doesn’t mean things will work out, so when you have clear ideas and study the matches and the opponents, things are much easier,” he went on.
“We get along very well with the coach because he’s great at what he does and prepares for the matches well,” he said of Inzaghi.
“From a mentality standpoint, these kinds of matches don’t need any extra preparation because of their importance.”
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