Inzaghi considers Martinez as striker-loaded Inter aim to topple unbeaten Napoli

    Simone Inzaghi could stalemate Lautaro Martinez against Napoli and ask the World Cup winner to save Inter’s waning hopes of Serie A glory.

    Argentine striker Martinez only returned to Italy at the end of last week, taking part in his national team’s triumph in Qatar in 2022 and the celebrations that followed.

    His performances in tournaments left much to be desired, but Martinez still came out with a winner’s medal, and Inter head coach Inzaghi believes he has something to offer the Nerazzurri.

    Inter are fifth in Serie A after 15 rounds, already 11 points behind undefeated leaders Napoli ahead of Wednesday’s clash at the San Siro.

    Inter have won their last four Serie A home games against Napoli after winning only two of their previous seven and they urgently need to stretch that strong run to get back into the title picture.

    “After a long time, I have four free forwards,” Inzaghi said at a press conference on Tuesday.

    “I never had them in the year that just ended. Lautaro arrived four days ago, but trained well, I saw [Angel] Correa is better. [Edin] Jacko and [Romelu] Lukaku had more chances to train with the team, I hope I can use them throughout this power tour.

    “I still have grades to do tomorrow.”

    Inzaghi, himself a former striker, said there is still “some uncertainty” about who will launch Inter’s attack against what he sees as the best team on the continent.

    Napoli have won their last 11 Serie A matches and no team has surpassed it since Juventus played 12 consecutive games from December 2017 to March 2018.

    Martinez has a strong record against the Naples giants, scoring four Serie A goals for them, including Inter’s third in a 3-2 win in this match last season. He only scored more against Salernitana (five) and Cagliari (eight), and three of those four goals came at the San Siro.

    This season he already has seven goals in the league.

    Inter are hoping that the seven-week break before the World Cup means Napoli are knocked out, allowing Inzaghi’s team to start the year on a whim.

    “We can’t wait to start again, we want to get on the field,” Inzaghi said. “Last year it was an exciting match that gave us a lot of momentum.

    “This is a very important match where the tension will probably be more on our side, but the beauty of football is being able to play such matches.

    “There are 23 games left, so there are a lot of points to be scored and Inter, like the others who are chasing him, want to close the gap against the best team in Europe at the moment.”

    Inzaghi shrugged off questions about Milan Skriniar’s future as the Inter defender is now at the end of the last six months of his contract.

    “He is an extraordinary boy who gives himself completely on the field,” said Inzaghi. “Besides him, there are a few players whose contracts are about to expire, but I know that there is a strong club that is always on my side and works to the maximum in any situation.”

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