Juan Sebastián Verón, former Inter and Lazio midfielder and current president of Estudiantes, granted an interview in the pages of "La Gazzetta dello Sport. Focus, of course, on fellow countryman Lautaro Martinez and his relationship with Antonio Conte.
ON FIRE – It almost seems that he needed Mauro Icardi's farewell to finally explode. Lautaro Martinez has become an iradiddio but there were those who, like Juan Sebastián Verón , knew this from the beginning and are among his most explicit admirers: " But I am not the magician, this must be clear: it is Lautaro who is strong. It was in Argentina and it is now also in Italy. I was struck by his personality, despite being only twenty-two years old. And then the fact that it combines quality and quantity: look carefully at its performance and you will discover that Lauataro Martinez does many things, and almost all are good “.
FRANKENSTEIN – If he were to describe his qualities, Verón would have many problems: " He is not a classic striker like Gabriel Batistuta , but he is a complete striker. It has all the qualities you need. Technically he is strong, he is good at head, he has speed. Impossible to compare it because he is a mix. In him I see certain movements of Sergio Aguero , especially when he dissociates himself to dictate the passage: he has the power of Batistuta, when he kicks, and the same cunning of Hernan Crespo in the area. He can always put himself in the right place at the right time. Relationship with Antonio Conte? The coach is fundamental in the growth of a talent. He gave him confidence, he made him feel important, he followed him, he found his position on the pitch. If today Lautaro Martinez is so strong, most of the credit must be given to Conte. Do not express yourself that way, so confidently, at San Siro, if you do not have those who protect you behind you. How many potential samples we have seen vanish at the first difficulty … ".
PROPHET IN PATRIA – His growth, then, is inevitably linked to that of Inter. Lautaro Martinez, Conte and the whole Nerazzurri environment are in total symbiosis: "Compared to when he was in Argentina he became more mature. The Italian league is the university of football. I know that there are perhaps more fun tournaments, but I guarantee that for the players, Serie A is considered the most difficult rock to overcome. It is a championship where tactics triumphs, where it is played in tight spaces and the technique must emerge there. Lautaro Martinez was good at adding his South American skills to the wealth of knowledge received during training and matches with Inter. Owner with Argentina? It is already very ready. He is used to the pressures that an environment like that of Inter puts you, he will not be scared in front of the Selecciòn fans. International competitions, by now, are his stage “.
Source : La Gazzetta dello Sport – Andrea Schianchi
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