There are seasons that are more difficult than others, and Mauro Icardi understands that well. Performing in 2019-2020 when he was on loan, with 20 goals and 4 assists in 34 appearances in all competitions, the Argentine striker was definitely bought by the capital club from Inter. And inevitably, after the 50 million euros spent by the leaders, the supporters expected a lot from number 9. But between repeated injuries and competition from Kean in particular, the former Nerazzurro is going through a complicated 2020/21 fiscal year.
After contracting Covid-19, having suffered from knee and adductor pain, Mauro Icardi missed several weeks of competition recently due to a thigh injury. But the Argentine international (8 caps, 1 goal) signed a thunderous return. Entered into play against AS Saint-Etienne on Sunday in Ligue 1, he offered a very precious victory to his team at the head, in the 90th + 6! And this Wednesday, in the quarter-final of the Coupe de France against Angers, the 28-year-old has regained a starting place. Not often found, the latter still signed a hat-trick. What to fill up with confidence.
“For me, it was very difficult this year”
Present at the microphone ofEurosport at the final whistle, Mauro Icardi expressed his satisfaction after the big victory of his people. But also of his personal satisfaction: “In this team, we all have to be ready, we train every day to play the weekend, the cup and the Champions League. This is the strength of this team. (…) This goal (against ASSE, editor’s note) was very important for the team, it was a game that we had to win to continue fighting for the championship. After the injury, it was very important for me and for the confidence. ”
Relaunched over this complicated period with his muscle injury, Mauro Icardi gave himself up. “It’s very hard for an important player to be outside. It was very difficult, there are matches every three days and there is no time to recover. For me it’s been very difficult this year but now I’m back, looking to get the best out of me when the coach gives me the opportunity ”, concluded the Argentinian. There are not always good passes in football, but Icardi intends to come back even stronger.