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Lautaro Martinez hits back at Kylian Mbappe for South America comments

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The Argentine forward says Mbappe’s claims about South American football are ‘not fair’.

Lautaro Martinez has reacted to Kylian Mbappe‘s claims that European national teams have a higher quality compared to their South American counterparts.

The French star sparked controversy by saying Argentina have qualified for the upcoming World Cup by claiming easy wins.

“Argentina haven’t played games of great quality to reach the World Cup,” he said to TNT Sports Brasil.

“In South America football isn’t as advanced as Europe. That’s why if you look at the last World Cups it’s always the Europeans that win.”

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Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez has now responded to Mbappe’s comments. The Inter star believes Argentina and Brazil have enough top-class players in their squads to counter their European opponents.

“Most of those of us in the national team are in Europe and every day, even every training, you measure up against them,” Lautaro told TyC Sports.

“That’s why I’ll say that we’re feeling good and working on the ideas the trainer asks of us. We are happy with how it’s working and what we’re doing on the field.

“I saw what [Mbappe] said, but Argentina and Brazil have players of great quality and talent.

“Brazil, just like us, has most of its players in Europe. I thought it was an unfair comment.”

He added: “Bolivia in La Paz, Ecuador with 30-degree celsius heat, Colombia where you can’t even breathe… they (in Europe) always play on perfect pitches and have no idea what South America is all about,” the Villa star fired to TyC Sports.

“Every time you travel with the national team you’ve got two days coming and going, you are exhausted and can’t train much.

“When an England player goes to train they are at the ground in half an hour. Let them go to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and see if it is that easy.”