Inter held at Atalanta as Lukaku comes back from injury

It was another two points dropped for Inter at the weekend as they drew 1-1 at Atalanta. Draws are becoming the norm at Inter who have drawn in their last two games and have almost ended their matches all square on 50% of their occasions so far.

Inter took the lead through Lautaro Martinez’s glancing and precise header. Martinez latched onto an Ashley Young cross and it was a superb unstoppable header from the Argentine international. With Inter breaking the deadlock just before the hour mark they instantly became favourites to win the game at that point.

However in truth this was an encounter that was very close and the teams enjoyed equal share of chances and possession, a draw did feel like the right result and the home team eventually obliged. The equaliser was a well worked one although one would have to question Inter’s defending at the time which seemed all over the place, letting Atalanta have time on the ball as Aleksey Miranchuk swerved and shot on the edge of the area. That was the midfielder’s first goal of the campaign and his first fantasy points earning 4 for the weekend.

Though Inter drew again they didn’t lose ground on the league leaders Milan as they also drew 2-2 at Verona and so the gap between them remains at 5 points. Also on a plus point is the fact that Inter have lost just once this season. Inter’s next game will be at home to Torino after the international break.

Still there was a disappointment in the air over the Atalanta game because the club had taken the lead and also because they came into that game with virtually no injuries to the first team squad. A welcome return was given to striker Romelu Lukaku returning after missing a few games. He started from the bench but when he came on he made some good runs even if looking inevitably rusty. Lukaku has now joined up with the Belgian national side for the November internationals and Inter will be keeping a close eye on him and hoping that his previous injury does not flare up.

Focus on Lautaro Martintez

Lautaro Martinez is one of the hottest properties in European football right now. The 23 year old is wanted by the biggest teams in Europe, and of course Inter want to keep him. The question is could Antonio Conte’s team refuse an exceptional offer? He will of course stay for this season but if his goals help Inter win the league for example that only goes to highlight his name once more.

There can be little doubt of his excellence. He is not just scoring goals but helping create them and when he does score they are usually a thing of beauty. He is the real deal and if he can remain injury free he will have quite a career in front of him.

So far this season Martinez has scored 4 goals in the league and five in all competitions and he is valued at 7.5m in the fantasy rankings.

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