Lautaro Martinez is performing below expectations at the World Cup being played in Qatar. – I have to play on painkillers,” the Argentine national team striker revealed.
Lionel Scaloni’s charges suffered an embarrassing 1:2 defeat against Saudi Arabia at the start of the World Cup but later awoke and won the next four games. There was no shortage of excitement in Friday’s quarterfinal, in which the Argentine national team defeated the Netherlands after a series of penalty kicks.
The Argentines’ advance to the semifinals was sealed by Lautaro Martinez. The Inter Milan striker took advantage of the “eleven” and could breathe a sigh of relief, as he had previously received negative reviews after his performances in Qatar. However, the 25-year-old had problems with efficiency in the 2:0 group match won against Poland.
The player himself made the surprising news in an interview with SportItalia. Martinez wants to help the national team at all costs.
– I have to play on painkillers; they are injected into my knee. The selector and teammates always support me. I have spoken to Simone Inzaghi, as well as representatives of Inter. I am also grateful to them for their support,” he said.
Looking at the previous matches of the “Albicelestes” at the World Cup, on Tuesday, Martinez will most likely again sit among the reserves. Scaloni fielded Julian Alvarez (Manchester City) in the basic lineup. The Argentine national team’s match against Croatia is scheduled to begin at 8:00 pm.