Lautaro Martinez played an influential role in Inter’s 3-2 victory against Atalanta on Saturday evening and he has been chosen as the Serie A Player of the Week for Matchday 37. Naturally, he features in our Team of the Week as well.
The victory secured the Nerazzurri’s place in the Champions League for the 2023/24 season while the Argentine’s goal took his tally in the Italian league to 21 for the campaign. Despite scoring just once, the 25-year-old was a threat in attack throughout the match, and La Dea could not contain him.
Inter are third now with 69 points and they are also two points above city rivals AC Milan in the Serie A table.
It was in the opening minute of the match when Lautaro made his first major contribution of the match when he supplied a through-ball for Romelu Lukaku to run forward and then score after dribbling around Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello.
In the third minute, the Argentinian striker spotted Federico Dimarco and switched the ball to the left flank. The Italian wing-back had an angled shot saved by Sportiello, and Lautaro got the loose ball before passing to Dimarco again. After another save from Sportiello, Nicolo Barella smashed the rebound into the net.
The Argentine made it 3-1 after Lukaku found Marcelo Brozovic and the Croatian set the Inter forward up for a textbook finish.
Lautaro set to cap off an already impressive season
It has been another excellent campaign for Lautaro Martinez, who currently has 21 Serie A goals for the 2022/23 season. Although it is unrealistic for him to catch up to Napoli striker Victor Osimhen on 25 strikes, his impact on this Inter team is unquestionable.
He was also the hero in the Coppa Italia Final, scoring both goals in the 2-1 victory against Fiorentina, and he was a part of Argentina’s World Cup-winning team in 2022.
Inter face Manchester City in the Champions League Final on June 10, and although he has scored just three times this season, he has shown that he can perform in big games for club and country. If there is one man who can make a difference for the Nerazzurri, it’s Lautaro.