Monday December 9 2019
Godin: 'Lautaro about to explode'

Diego Godin says Lautaro Martinez has developed so much that "he’s about to explode” and that Inter are ready to face Barcelona’s “best”.

The Nerazzurri will be playing for a place in the Champions League last 16 tomorrow, and Godin assured Martinez was “here to help us win” after links with their upcoming opponents.

“Lautaro has grown so much, he is about to explode,” Godin said at a press conference. “He feels really important and is physically very strong.

“If he is on the lips of the big clubs, it’s because he is demonstrating that he deserves to be. Today, he’s at Inter and I’m happy he’s here us to help us win.

“He can still grow and improve; I hope can continue to help us with goals and push the team on in general.

“The objective is the match tomorrow; we don’t think beyond that. Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world, always winning at least one trophy every season.

“There’s enthusiasm in the group. It is up to us to qualify from the group, we have to make our fans proud and give everything we’ve got.”

“We have to do that to qualify against a team that are used to getting deep into the tournament. It doesn’t matter if they are already qualified.”

The defender will face ex-Atletico Madrid teammate Antoine Griezmann at San Siro tomorrow - but not Lionel Messi.

“He chose Barca, I chose Inter. It is part of the game. They will never forget what he did in Madrid, people will always love him there. This is football.

“Everybody knows Messi’s Barcelona. We will have to be a team, more than usual, to limit them as much as possible.

“We will try to hurt them. We have prepared very well for the game. We need to be aggressive.”

“[My favourite match is] the one the year we won the title and when I scored at Camp Nou in the Champions League. We had done well in Europe.

“They will make us suffer; we also need help from the fans. We must maintain our concentration levels.

“The preparation needs to be the same, in both phases. It will be important to grab the opportunity to hit them.

“They have 22 very strong players. We do not think of the first XI, we expect the best Barca.

“Therefore, we will prepare for this match in the best possible way.”

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