Hernan Crespo: Lautaro is a potential champion

Argentine legend Hernan Crespo praised his compatriot Lautaro Martinez saying the youngster is a potential champion.

Hernan Crespo is one of the many Argentine strikers who became football stars during their time in Serie A.

He spent the majority of his career in Italy, scoring a total of 154 Serie A goals. Crespo won three Scudetti with Inter – the club which is represented by the young Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez.

Lautaro scored for his national team in the 3-1 defeat to Venezuela on Friday night and according to Hernan Crespo, he has the potential to become a big star in football.

“Lautaro is so good. He is still a little green, but very talented,” Argentina legend Crespo said via Calcio Mercato.

“He does remarkable things and above all is in the right place at the right time. He has already learned about the Italian opposition defences, doesn’t let himself get intimidated, plays with courage and character.

“Don’t forget, he only started being a regular in the starting XI during the Icardi controversy, so that was not an easy time for the rest of the squad.”

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There have been some comparisons between him and his compatriot. However, Crespo believes Lautaro is more of a second striker than a classic No. 9 like he was back in his footballing days.

“Lautaro is not a centre-forward in the same way that I was, nor like Icardi, as he likes to move all across the front line and could comfortably be a second striker in a 4-4-2 formation.

“Right now, he is showing that it’s certainly not a problem to play as a centre-forward. He adapted very well and sacrifices himself for the team.

“In my view, Lautaro is a potential champion and the present of Inter. My friend Juan Sebastian Veron speaks very highly of him, and Seba is rarely wrong when it comes to judging talent.”

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