Lautaro delighted by match-winning contribution


Lautaro Martínez spoke to Inter TV in the immediate aftermath of the Nerazzurri’s 1-0 victory over Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. Here is what he had to say after scoring the winning goal in Emilia-Romagna:

“I’m very happy because we’ve got back to winning ways and this was the most important thing. We’re happy but we need to keep working because we must improve further. The mental side is very important, for a few games things hadn’t been going as we would have wanted. Now, we need to think about each game as it comes and always go out looking for the three points. We want to preserve our lead over our opponents in order to secure our goal which is qualification for next season’s Champions League.”

Luciano Spalletti also spoke to the media, offering an assessment of the way in which the match against the Crociati panned out: “We have the potential to overcome our difficulties, although in some moments it seems that we’re weighed down by not winning and we drop below our usual standard. We simply have to show what we can do out on the pitch. We were well-organised tonight and it wasn’t easy because you can’t lose possession against Parma and find yourself out of position. Inglese always works the ball well and Gervinho is devastating when in space.

“Lautaro has fighting spirit and he does really well when the ball comes to him. Both him and Icardi are our two main strikers. They are very similar and you need to find the right moment to play them. That can be when the opposition looks to press and we have the right peace of mind to support them. Perišić put in a great performance. He reacted as a great player in response to the noise surrounding him.

“Nainggolan also demonstrated that he’s on the right path. He showed some quick bursts, and this is something we haven’t seen for a little while. This forced Parma to keep on playing long balls, with de Vrij and Škriniar, who are like two lions, being able to deal with every situation perfectly. However, we got it wrong up front too many times and threatened them less than we could have done.

“Through my family and my career, I’m well suited to overcoming difficulties. Just as the defeat against Bologna caused despair, this victory will give us enthusiasm and strength. We must now keep a low profile to rediscover stability. We showed positive things tonight, but we need to produce further performances like this to gain consistency.”

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