Three takeaways from Inter 4-0 Udinese: Nerazzurri worthy title contenders as lethal Lautaro leads the way

Inter showed why they are the favourites for the Serie A title as they thrashed Udinese 4-0 in Matchday 15, with strikers Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram catching the eye.

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Inter were comfortable 4-0 winners over Udinese at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Matchday 15 of Serie A to return to the top of the table.

The Nerazzurri transformed a deadly attacking display into a comprehensive victory thanks to a Hakan Calhanoglu penalty and goals from Federico Dimarco and Marcus Thuram before half-time.

Udinese striker Lorenzo Lucca saw a goal disallowed after the break, before Lautaro Martinez wrapped up the win with an excellent goal in the final minutes and move into first place in Serie A.

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez rises to win a header (@Inter)

Inter keeping Juventus at bay

After Juventus landed the first blow in Matchday 15 with a 1-0 win over Napoli to temporarily move top of the table, Inter wasted little time in matching that and returning to the summit with a convincing win at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Simone Inzaghi was able to count upon his embarrassment of riches going forward and the Nerazzurri’s frightening levels of firepower blew Udinese out of the water, whilst sending a message out to Juventus and the rest of the challengers. Quite simply, it is going to take something special to stop this Inter side from collecting a second scudetto in three years.

A three-goal advantage at the break allowed the coach to rotate his options and turn attention towards a crunch Champions League Group Stage decider against Real Sociedad in midweek, and this could prove to be a decisive luxury for Inzaghi later in the campaign.

Inter’s Hakan Calhanoglu celebrates a home goal. (@Inter_en)

Lethal Lautaro propelling Inter’s title challenge

Inter’s title charge has been built on a devastating attack, led by captain and star man Martinez. The Argentina international was made to wait for his goal, but took it in style late on as he robbed possession near the centre-circle and burst clear before drilling in from range.

Martinez has matured into a reliable striker with a killer instinct and the leadership qualities to drive Inter forward, whilst he has thrived under the responsibility of being the Biscione’s main man in attack following the departure of Romelu Lukaku.

With 14 goals from 15 league matches, Martinez is on course to win the capocannoniere crown as Serie A’s top goalscorer and his spectacular drive into the bottom corner was further evidence that he is currently one of the most prolific and dangerous strikers in the world.

Marcus Thuram of Inter. (@Inter_en)

Nerazzurri’s shrewd transfer business paying off

Inter‘s financial uncertainties have been well-documented and it has forced a low cost approach to recent transfer windows, with a particular focus on selling high and snapping up free agents.

In Beppe Marotta, the Nerazzurri have one of the sharpest minds in the business and they are reaping the benefits, with forward Thuram in particular establishing himself as one of the signings of the season. The summer arrival from Borussia Monchengladbach as a free agent has registered six goals and as many assists, providing the perfect foil to Martinez.

Meanwhile, at the other end goalkeeper Yann Sommer became the first goalkeeper in the three points for a win era to collect 10 clean sheets from his first 15 Serie A matches. With predecessor Andre Onana struggling following a big money move to Manchester United, the Swiss stopper is looking an even better acquisition at just €6.75 million.

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