Nicolò Barella's Glorious 'Backheel Flick' Assist Against Real Madrid Is Proof He Is One Of Europe's Finest Players
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Nicolò Barella has only gone and pulled off the assist of the season so far during Inter Milan's Champions League Group B clash against Real Madrid.
The 23-year-old managed to adjust his body from a Marcelo Brozović pass, turn and flick his right foot at the ball to find Lautaro Martinez, who clinically knocked it past Thibaut Courtois in the Los Blancos goal.
Just sit back and appreciate this ridiculous piece of skill from one of Europe's most talented players.
This has to be the assist of the night from Barella. :flushed: https://t.co/xEOpAgJ7Ca- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 3, 2020
It was a glorious move from Antonio Conte's side, with THAT flick from Barella providing a much needed spark in what looked to be a one-sided game at the Bernabeu.
Karim Benzema opened the scoring in the 25th minute and not long after, captain Sergio Ramos made it 2-0 just after the half hour mark, bagging his 100th goal for Real Madrid in the meantime.
Zinedine Zidane's side looked to be on the front foot but that goal from Martinez sparked the comeback.
Barella's back heel assist....- Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) November 3, 2020
That Nicolo Barella flick just on repeat, pls- Patrick Boyland (@Paddy_Boyland) November 3, 2020
This just sums Nicolò Barella up perfectly... pure class! :man::art: pic.twitter.com/nJodmtn8UK- Dougie Critchley (@DougieCritchley) November 3, 2020
Croatian winger Ivan Perisic then levelled the scores in the 68th minute as Martinez turned provider.
The Argentine forward was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer, with their first offer an incredibly low £15 million - despite the forward having a £100 million release clause three months ago.
But he decided to stay with Conte and in the meantime, has netted four times in all competitions so far this campaign.
1997 - #Lautaro Martinez (born in 1997) is the only player born after 1/1/1996 to have scored against both Real Madrid and Barcelona in Champions League. Toro.#RealMadridInter #UCL #ChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/yGdeEVgwPy- OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) November 3, 2020
Madrid managed to pick up all three points, however, despite Milan's best efforts as Brazilian winger Rodrygo made it 3-2.
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