Spalletti must invent magical formula for Icardi-Lautaro partnership
Playing Icardi by himself works and he knows how to score. Playing Lautaro by himself also works and he also knows how to score. But can Icardi and Lautaro work together in this team?
After the disappointing Serie A debut against Sassuolo and a calf injury, Lautaro Martinez made his debut at a starter at the Giuseppe Meazza scoring a great goal to prove the massive potential that he has. Icardi was saved on the bench to get ready for the Champions League match-up against PSV on Wednesday. After the game, Luciano Spalletti had nothing but praise for the younger Argentinian forward: “At the moment, it does not allow us to have two players like Lautaro and Icardi. Lautaro has a lot of strength and impact on the ball, he is a strong player. But then again, we must consider the balance of this team.”
In short, it will not be easy for the fans to see these two forwards, who are also very close friends off the pitch, together until Spalletti can invent some sort of magical formula.
Icardi is a pure first forward, a number 9 and only thinks about attacking the opposing goal. Lautaro, however, is able to move away from the goal but as shown last season at Racing, he also did very well playing as a 9. In fact, he exploded in Argentina playing with another forward in Lisandro Lopez.
Let’s go back to the summer friendlies. In Sheffield, Mauro’s first goal in preseason came thanks to a true invention of a trequartista by Lautaro Martinez. In Madrid, the Inter number 10 scored an acrobatic volley thanks to Icardi who had the attention of the entire Atletico Madrid central defense.
However, when the season started, Spalletti’s doubts were born. In Reggio Emilia, against Sassuolo, the South American duo lasted 69 minutes without much sparks. Against Torino, Lautaro came on very late and his pass to Icardi was too long. And then, came the calf injury for Il Toro and so the experience with Icardi had to stop for a couple of weeks. Now that both are available again, it is time for Luciano Spalletti to invent a magical formula for both as well as the rest of the team to take off.