Luciano Spalletti concedes Inter “didn’t do it with much quality or sharpness, but the team did react” in a draw with Bologna.
It required a controversial late Mauro Icardi penalty to snatch a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Dall’Ara, wiping out a Simone Verdi solo strike.
“We went onto the pitch flatter than usual and we weren’t able to move the ball well vertically, especially in the midfield,” said Spalletti.
“We gave our opponents chances to block our passes other than in the second half when we stepped up at the beginning.”
An uninspired Inter continued their unbeaten start to the season as a Mauro Icardi’s penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw at Bologna. The point sends Inter top of the table, at least until Wednesday’s round of fixtures.
Inter were dreadful in the first half and deservedly went ahead through a stunning strike by Simone Verdi, but a much better second half performance allowed the Nerazzurri to salvage a point.
With Bologna on the back foot after Inter’s second-half resurgence, Ibrahima Mbaye slipped in the hosts’ area and fell into Eder, who flopped to the floor.
Tonight sees Inter make the short journey south to the Emilia-Romagna region for their only Tuesday night Serie A fixture this season.
It’s been an excellent start to the season for the Nerazzurri and they are strong favorites to beat a Bologna who have picked up just four points from their opening four matches.
With no European competition to worry them, Spalletti can rotate his Inter side. The only absentee this evening will be full-back Joao Cancelo and the Tuscan tactician is likely to stick with the core of the side that has started the season so well.
Luciano Spalletti says it is impossible to stop Mauro Icardi in the penalty area, although the Inter coach told his captain he still has room to improve.
Like title rivals Napoli and Juventus, Inter have won all four of their opening Serie A games this season going into Tuesday’s away clash with Bologna.
Icardi has netted five times already, following on from last season, when he scored 24 times in the top flight.
Spalletti acknowledged Inter need their stars like Icardi, fellow forward Ivan Perisic and goalkeeper Samir
Handanovic, but insisted it is overall team performances that can make them successful, while urging the skipper to kick on.
Speaking at a press conference for the midweek round of fixtures which pits Inter up against Bologna at the Stadio Dall’Ara on Tuesday, Luciano Spalletti called for less praise and warned against the dangers of a static midfield.
“Everyone has recovered well after the Crotone match which was played on a pitch where the players tired more than usual with the weather and pitch conditions against a very tough, stubborn opponent. We all did well, Handanovic’s contribution was important. I’ve found everybody in the right condition to face Bologna tomorrow.”
In midfield, Spalletti can count on some very versatile players.
Inter full-backs Danilo D’Ambrosio and Dalbert have been passed fit to face Bologna on Tuesday.
The pair were forced off during Inter’s 2-0 win at Crotone over the weekend with knocks, but they have shaken them off in time for the trip to Emilia-Romagna.
Other than that, Joao Cancelo remains sidelined with a knee injury and Assane Gnoukouri has yet to return from a heart condition.
This is one of the few times this season that Inter will play three matches in a week and it will be interesting to see how Spalletti rotates the team, especially in midfield.
Alessandro Del Piero claims Inter will “definitely” finish in Serie A’s top three after the Nerazzurri won their fourth straight game over the weekend to remain joint-top.
“This Inter seems better to me than Mancini’s of two years ago,” the former Bianconeri attacker told Sky Sport Italia.
“I think they’ll finish higher and do a lot better. I definitely see them in the top three.”
These are more realistic comments from Del Piero about Inter’s chances this season than what we heard from former Inter legend Tarcisio Burgnich last week who thought that Luciano Spalletti’s Inter side “is perhaps even stronger than Juventus and can challenge for the Scudetto.”
Tarcisio Burgnich maintains Luciano Spalletti’s Inter side “is perhaps even stronger than Juventus and can challenge for the Scudetto.”
The Nerazzurri are currently top of the table with a 100 per cent record after four games and today Juve and Napoli have the opportunity to match them.
“Inter can absolutely win the Scudetto,” former Inter and Italy hero Burgnich told Tuttomercatoweb.
“Spalletti’s side are at the same level as Juventus, perhaps even stronger, and can challenge for the title.
“It’ll be important for the club to always stick by its Coach this season, helping him through good times and bad.”
Inter director Piero Ausilio assures Mauro Icardi “will stay for many years, even without a release clause” in his contract.
In an interview with Mediaset Premium on Saturday, Ausilio was asked about reports Icardi will be given a much larger new release clause in his contract.
“The clause seemed monstrous last year, but when there is the desire to stay together, a clause is fairly futile. Icardi is thoroughly happy to be here at Inter and will remain for many years, even without a clause.”
In today’s market and with his Argentina caps building, how much is Icardi worth?
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Milan Skriniar scored his first Serie A goal with an effort on the turn to break the deadlock in Crotone vs. Inter before Ivan Perisic netted a second as Luciano Spalletti’s Nerazzurri won for the fourth time in a row this season.
“I’m very happy for the goal but the most important thing is that we won even if we weren’t at our best,” said the 22-year-old defender to Mediaset Premium.
These three points keep Inter on the maximum tally possible after four games.