Wednesday January 20 2021
Crespo: ‘Told Lautaro to snub Barcelona move’

Former Serie A star Hernan Crespo is 'happy' Milan and Inter have a real chance to end Juventus domination this season and reveals he suggested Lautaro Martinez snub a move to Barcelona.

Crespo scored 153 goals in 340 Serie A games during his playing career. He played for Inter, Milan, Parma, Lazio and Genoa.

“I am pleased that the city of Milan, after so many years of Juventus' domination, is back to great. And that finally the Serie A title is a concrete perspective for Inter and Milan,” the former striker told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Inter played a perfect game against Juventus. They didn’t just win, they dominated and Inter have still room for improvement," the ex-Chelsea striker added.

“Inter are concrete, they have great players with physical and technical skills. Look at [Achraf] Hakimi, one would need a sniper to stop him! And [Romelu] Lukaku is a force of nature.

“As for Lautaro, I suggested him to snub a move to Barcelona, and I was right. Lautaro is a champion, a ruthless finisher who always makes the right movement inside the box. There aren’t many forwards like him.”

Milan, however, remain the table leaders with a three-point lead over the Nerazzurri.

“It wasn’t easy to win at Cagliari," said Crespo.

"They could feel the pressure from Inter, they were playing away from home and with many absentees. They are a united team that my friend Paolo Maldini has built brilliantly. And they have Ibra who should be studied by young footballers.

“I don’t think Milan lack experience with a player like him in the locker room. And now they have [Mario] Mandzukic too. He is an added value who will help the team.

“Inter are more structured to win, but Milan are going beyond their limits, we still don’t know what they can achieve. I’d like to play a derby. A half with Milan and the a half with Inter.”