Lautaro Martinez is focused on rekindling Inter’s scudetto after his ‘beautiful’ World Cup triumph with Argentina.
Martínez, who has been battling an ankle injury, played six of Argentina’s seven games in Qatar as Albiceleste claimed their third world crown – 36 years after the last – after beating France in a shootout in a dramatic final.
Although he did not score in regulation or even extra time in the tournament, Martínez scored the winning penalty in a cheeky quarter-final match against the Netherlands.
Now his attention has turned to club affairs. Inter are 11 points behind leaders Napoli after 15 games, leading Partenopeia when Serie A resumes on Wednesday.
Shortly after winning the World Cup, Martinez began mentally preparing for the showdown and hopes to inspire the Nerazzurri with his leadership for the remainder of the campaign.
“Already on the return flight, the head was at Napoli and what the coach would tell us to prepare for this challenge as well as possible, because it will be very important,” Martinez told reporters.
“I’ve been here for almost five years and I definitely feel important. I took charge in the dressing room and always try to help those who need help, even young players, because that’s how groups are made.”
When asked if Inter were in the Scudetto race, he added: “Yes, I believe in everything.” First part [of the season] is not even over yet – even if we have lost important points – and we know it.”
While Inter is Martinez’s immediate future, he also stressed the importance of Argentina continuing to pursue further trophies by taking the Copa América title in 2021.
“I dreamed about this moment as a child and did not think that it could be so beautiful,” he added. “It was the most important step in my career, the maximum point that I had to reach, because you play for the people of your country.
“It was beautiful and exciting because we won, but now we have to keep winning because that’s the mentality of winning every competition you play.”