Simone Inzaghi revelled in “one of the best games” of his Inter tenure after the Nerazzurri roared back from a goal down to beat Lazio in an absorbing contest at San Siro.
Inzaghi looked set to suffer defeat against his former club when Felipe Anderson fired the visitors ahead, but three goals in the final 13 minutes turned the game on its head.
Two one-on-one finishes from substitute Lautaro Martinez – coming either side of Robin Gosens’ acrobatic strike – ensured Inter leapfrogged Milan and Roma to move into Serie A’s top four.
Lazio’s defeat had handed runaway leaders Napoli the opportunity to clinch their first Scudetto since the Diego Maradona era on Sunday, but Luciano Spalletti’s men were made to wait after they could only draw 1-1 with Salernitana.
Inzaghi believed Inter’s victory was richly deserved even after seeing them fall behind, telling Sky Sport in Italy: “This was one of the best games since I’ve been here.
“At the end of the first half, I told my players that they should continue to play like that. We were down but we had put in a great performance after a very busy Wednesday.
“Let’s not forget that we were playing against the team second in the table. Today, I saw a really beautiful Inter team.”
Martinez’s brace – his first in Serie A since January – was accompanied by a pair of assists from fellow striker Romelu Lukaku, who has started to hit form following a frustrating start to his loan spell.
What chemistry! #InterLazio #ForzaInter pic.twitter.com/ynKwcHiWdJ
— Inter (@Inter_en) April 30, 2023
With a huge Champions League semi-final tie against Milan to come, Inzaghi is unable to split his four forwards, with Edin Dzeko and Joaquin Correa also competing for a starting spot.
Asked which duo were ahead in the battle to start, Inzaghi said: “Inter’s four starters at the moment are Lautaro, Lukaku, Correa and Dzeko.
“If you look at the playing time of the last few games, they’ve alternated and given each other great satisfaction.
“Right now we saw Lautaro’s two great goals. If we didn’t have to play like we did before December, we would always have had Lautaro like this.
“I have high hopes because he’s an extraordinary guy, with the way he works.”
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