TANGO TIME - Icardi and Lautaro Martinez, the focus of this week is on them. Possible debut versus Sion
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Immediate test on their affinity
He has taken him under his wing, to explain the city of Milan, not just Inter. Mauro and Lautaro went away from Appiano Gentile together, given a free afternoon away from Inter training camp. Icardi and Martinez are working on building an understanding with each other because they have to share these particular two things: the room at training camp and the penalty area. So it is better to start sooner rather than later and this is the right week to do it. It starts today because the morning session on Friday was just a taste of what to come.
Starting with Sion - It is phase two, as announced by Luciano Spalletti before and after the game against Lugano. The coach explained that he will test a three-man defense versus Sion and also added that “yes, Icardi will play in the next game.” And so the road ahead is raced: defense of three, momentarily moving the 4-2-3-1 formation on the side, automatically means greater chances for the two forwards to be on the field together.
To be clear: it is not said that Mauro and Lautaro will play together in Sion on Wednesday. However, starting today, Spalletti will begin making assessment on their understanding and chemistry. Certainly this is not a small first step because these two share the same part of the field but they do it in a completely different way.
Formation - Spalletti also said that “Lautaro will have to change his style of play a bit.” But we can already say that the way he receives the ball with the back against the goal, the way that he protects the ball at his feet, the ability to dialogue with those that are around him, these characteristics have struck everyone at Inter in the most positive way.
Spalletti, potentially, could have a devastating strike force for the future. In a 3-4-1-2 obviously. But also in the 3-4-2-1 which Inter of Spalletti will initially revolve around. Lautaro has instincts of a true center forward but he is also willing to sacrifice, has physical characteristics, as well as techniques, which permit him to play a few meters behind Icardi.
Intelligence - In the meantime, Lautaro Martinez has been showing great intelligence. He does not need people to explain many things to him. This is the impression that he has left to those close to him, teammates and coaches, during these first days of training camp. Lautaro has a nice portfolio of goals scored in Primera and Libertadores, showing his dedication and attention to detail.
In short, Lautaro has amazed Inter. Not only from the technical point of view because if legends like Diego Milito and Javier Zanetti said yes on him then there is no doubt. Lautaro has also struck everyone for his professionalism and for the desire not to lose even one detail in training. Currently sharing a room with Icardi at camp, the number 10 of Inter arrived in Milan alone, without any family member. He has already started to see some houses recommended by the club: still too early to choose but Icardi will also help him on this front as well.
Yesterday, in the meantime, he went around the city with a friend. “They have to find an understanding with each other,” said Spalletti. A good portion of this job is also up to the coach. They were born nine-hour drive apart from each other in Argentina. We need to shorten that distance, to make sure them bloom.