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Lautaro Martinez: Juventus defeat will make Inter stronger

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Lautaro Martinez reckons Inter Milan’s 2-1 defeat to Juventus will serve as a “stimulus” to help the title chasers reach the next level.

Martinez’s 18th-minute penalty at the San Siro put Inter back on level terms following Paulo Dybala’s early goal. However, Gonzalo Higuain’s effort 10 minutes from time handed Juventus a derby win over their arch-rivals.

The victory saw Maurizio Sarri’s men not only end Inter’s perfect start, but also leapfrog them into top spot in the Serie A.

But Martinez, who is currently away on international duty for Argentina, believes the Nerazzurri will bounce back stronger than ever from this setback.

“For now, I’m focused on the national team. We’ll talk about the match against Juve when we all meet again,” the striker told reporters.

“We’ll analyse the mistakes that led to the defeat, but we’ll think about it on our return to the club.

“Juventus are a very good team, I also said that straight after the game. We’ll work to reach their level.

“The defeat hasn’t been received as a negative signal but rather a stimulus for us to improve.”

Martinez played the full 90 minutes of Argentina’s 2-2 friendly draw with Germany on Wednesday night.

Admittedly, though, the Inter attacker struggled to make much of an impact upfront as La Albiceleste fell two goals down early on. However, Lucas Alario and Lucas Ocampos’ second-half goals completed an impressive comeback.

Head coach Lionel Scaloni later hailed the team’s performance as the finest one since he took charge last year.

Now Martinez will search for his 10th international goal on Sunday’s visit to Ecuador for Argentina’s final friendly.

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DORTMUND, GERMANY – OCTOBER 09: Lautaro Martinez of Argentina battles for possession with Robin Koch of Germany.