Silent for three meetings, Lautaro Martinez got annoyed on Saturday against Genoa. An annoyance that he hopes to be temporary while his aborted transfer to Barça remains in the minds of internal supporters.
Three goals in the first three days. Lautaro Martinez seemed to have gone on the hats this season, reforming his excellent duo with Romelu Lukaku at the forefront of Inter Milan’s attack. The two men shared the honors last season. To the Belgian the status of top scorer, to the Argentinian that of the most courted element on the transfer market. But Lautaro saw FC Barcelona sink into the economic crisis and his hope of joining his compatriot Lionel Messi melted day after day.
Remained at the dock, Lautaro Martinez was effective at the very start of the season, but has been less efficient in recent meetings. On Saturday against Genoa, the 23-year-old did not achieve much, collected a yellow card, argued with some teammates and was substituted in the 92nd minute, hitting the sidelines with rage. Rather rare behavior on the part of the Argentinian bulldozer, generally peaceful.
A rare nervousness for Lautaro
Does this reflect a larger problem than a fleeting frustration? No according to The Gazzetta dello Sport, which ensures that Lautaro was especially annoyed after himself for his poor performance. Yesterday, he reportedly even apologized to his teammates for his annoyance with them on the pitch. Lautaro is going through a worse period and sees Lukaku take all the light. The Belgian does not weaken and connects goals (7 in all competitions), while the Argentine is judged harshly by some supporters who accuse him of not having digested his abortive departure to FC Barcelona.
In the probable absence of Alexis Sanchez, still affected in the right adductor, Lautaro can project himself in the shoes of a holder to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday. An opponent who had succeeded him last season in the semi-finals of the Europa League since he had scored a double. It will first be necessary to regain pugnacity and efficiency to then find a smile.