Mario Kempes spoke about the comparison between Lautaro Martínez and Julián Álvarez.
Kempes was part of the 1978 Argentina national team which won the World Cup where he scored six goals. Speaking to TyC Sports, here is what he had to say when asked about Lautaro and Julián:
“Lautaro Martínez scores a lot of goals, Julián Álvarez, on top of scoring, is very annoying for the defenders.
“The truth is that we are not going to enter once more into the controversy of Batistuta and Crespo like we did with other coaches. Julian and Lautaro are two great number nines, great players.
“What happened is that Lautaro had that slump at the start of the World Cup in Qatar and then Julián came in and changes things a lot.
Lautaro showed at Inter that he is once again that nine that stood out in the national “team and scored many goals.
“But when it comes to analyzing the two, it must be said that besides scoring often, Julián is very annoying because he not only gets to the goal but he als oruns at rival defenders and scores. And in that aspect, they are very different.”
The World Cup winner also gave another interview, this time with DirectTVSports Argentina where he was asked about Julián Álvarez playing with Argentina and Manchester City:
“The impact that this kid has had is that he has truly shut the mouths of many who said: “Well, he comes from River, he’s a goal scorer and a great player but in England it is totally different.”
“He arrives in England, triumphs and shuts the mouths of those who did not believe in him. He comes in at the World Cup, performs, scores goals and gets along perfectly with Messi. He comes on as a substitute and scores goals, he starts and is the best on the pitch.”