Barcelona boss praises Lautaro Martinez

As they prepare to face Inter in the Champions League on Tuesday, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde praised Inter, singling out their in-form striker Lautaro Martinez for special attention.

“I expect a great Inter,” Valverde said at his pre-match press conference. “We’re playing at San Siro, it will be an important and difficult game. Even though we have qualified, we still have to be competitive.

“We haven’t won here in the past, but we hope to do so this season and we know there will be a great atmosphere,” he continued before going on to admit how much he has been impressed by Martinez.

“He is a great player and he’s having a great season,” Valverde said of the Argentinian. “He is quick and strong. He scored a great goal in the first game at the Camp Nou and I know he is comfortable with [Romelu] Lukaku, they’ve found the right system to help Inter. 

“But Inter have so many good players, Lautaro, Lukaku, [Milan] Skriniar…”

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