Three takeaways from Inter 4-0 Salernitana: Martinez chases record, Liverani grabs unwanted hat-trick and Buchanan debut

Another goal from Lautaro Martinez edges him towards a Serie A goal record, as Inter defeat Salernitana 4-0 at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Matchday 25 of the 2023/24 Serie A campaign, and Tajon Buchanan makes an impressive Nerazzurri debut.

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Inter made light work of Salernitana with a 4-0 win at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Matchday 25 of the 2023/24 Serie A campaign, as they continue their relentless drive towards the Scudetto.

First-half strikes from Marcus Thuram, Lautaro Martinez and Denzel Dumfries put the Nerazzurri beyond the reach of a poor Granata side, before substitute Marko Arnautovic netted the last goal in injury-time.

Goalscorers Marcus Thuram, Lautaro Martinez and Denzel Dumfries celebrate against Salernitana (@Inter).

Is Lautaro Martinez on course to break the Serie A goal record?

While the Salernitana players were still composing themselves after going behind on 17 minutes, seconds later Martinez was alert enough to collect a loose pass and curl another around goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa for his 20th Serie A goal of the season.

After scoring four against the Granata in the reverse fixture, the Argentina international has now scored 10 goals against them in the top flight, but more importantly, is showing signs he could break Gonzalo Higuain‘s single-season goal scoring record of 36 this term.

However, with just 16 games remaining of the current campaign and the Nerazzurri still in contention for the Champions League, the 2022 World Cup winner faces a tough task to overtake his fellow countryman.

Salernitana coaching change has expected result

Other than deny fans another Inzaghi-v-Inzaghi clash on the sidelines, the replacement of Filippo Inzaghi with Fabio Liverani on the Salernitana bench had little impact on proceedings in Milan, although few would have expected anything less against the standout team in Serie A this term.

After losing his first top flight matches in charge of both Genoa and Lecce against Inter, in August 2013 and 2019 respectively, Liverani recorded an unwanted hat-trick of defeats against the Nerazzurri. While Inter coach Simone Inzaghi has played his part in avenging his brother’s dismissal by the Granata last weekend.

Tajon Buchanan steps onto the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza pitch to make his debut for Inter versus Salernitana (@Inter).

Cameo by debutant Tajon Buchanan should excite Inter fans.

Although January arrival Buchanan was given just 13 minutes plus stoppage time against an already defeated Salernitana side, the 25-year-old quickly showed the Nerazzurri fans why the club had moved to bring him in from Club Brugge mid-season.

As soon as he received the ball in the left wing-back position, the Canadian international was driving towards the goal and committing the opposition defenders into one-on-one duels, and was unfortunate not to win a penalty. The trickery he displayed during his brief spell on the pitch highlighted the alternative option to Federico Dimarco he will provide Inter.

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