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Luciano Spalletti praised his Inter unsung heroes, like Roberto Gagliardini, Joao Mario and Dalbert, after a 5-0 victory over Genoa.

The Nerazzurri have won seven Serie A rounds in a row and flattened Genoa 5-0 at San Siro with a Gagliardini brace, Matteo Politano, Joao Mario and Radja Nainggolan.

“We must always start from scratch in every game and work hard, because if we don’t keep that solid mentality, we won’t do well,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“The team had the right attitude, worked as a team, pressed high and the forwards helped out in defence too. That kind of approach is more often than not rewarded with the result.

Roberto Gagliardini scored a brace as Inter crushed Genoa 5-0 to reclaim second spot in Serie A on Saturday and flex their muscles ahead of next week’s Champions League blockbuster against Barcelona in the San Siro.

Luciano Spalletti’s side notched up their seventh straight Serie A win to move three points behind champions Juventus, who host Cagliari later on Saturday, and equal on points with Napoli who eased past Empoli 5-1 on Friday.

Top scorer Mauro Icardi was rested with an eye towards Tuesday’s game in the San Siro after Inter lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the away leg.

After getting injured in the Milan derby, we all thought that midfielder Radja Nainggolan would be out for another week or so, but that apparently is not the case.

According to Inter boss Luciano Spalletti, Nainggolan “trained today” and could get “half an hour” against Genoa on Saturday. That would put him in line to play against Barcelona on Tuesday.

“He’s showing how strong he is,” Spalletti said in his pre-match Press conference.

“He trained today, he’s strong and he did the extra work he had to do. He was in pain but he endured it, and implicit in this is the quality of Dr Volpi’s staff.

Mauro Icardi has been voted Serie A Player of the Month for October after his performances pushed Inter up to second place the table.

The Argentine beat Napoli midfielder Allan to the award, given out after social media votes on the Italian Players’ Association (AIC).

Icardi has found the net six times in his last four Serie A appearances. Remarkably, he has achieved that with only eight shots on target.

But don’t expect to see Icardi on the pitch against Genoa on Saturday. Inter face a crunch Champions League tie with Barcelona on Tuesday, in which a win would close to guarantee a place in the Last 16.

Interesting start from Calciomercato.com that shows that Inter this season are off to a better start than Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning side.

Comparing stats from different seasons is always fun, but lets be clear. I am in no way comparing Spalletti’s side with Mourinho’s side. Mourinho had a team full of serial winners. Spalletti has a side that has started a season well.

That being said lets compare the two! Mourinho’s side won eight of its first 13 matches in all competitions, compared to this Inter side which has won nine.

Inter have announced that around 65,000 fans will be in attendance for Saturday’s match against Genoa at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.

According to today’s Gazzetta dello Sport, an attendance of around 65,000 is expected at the Meazza on what will also be a special day for Inter supporters’ clubs around the world.

Around 21,000 fans from more than 20 countries will be present, as Luciano Spalletti’s side aim for a seventh Serie A win in a row.

Inter have averaged 61,767 fans for each home match this season, the sixth best attendance in Europe this season.

Former Inter President Massimo Moratti said “everyone hopes Juventus will drop a few points” and confessed to being disappointed by Roma.

“It’s a fascinating season so far,” Moratti told TeleRadioStereo. “Juve are breaking away, but Napoli and Inter play such good football that it gives them hope.

“We have to all hope it’s as hard-fought as last season. Juventus give off the impression of being the strongest, but there is a bit of hope. There’s entertaining football and reasons to attract more fans than usual to Serie A.

Mauro Icardi continued his remarkable form with a brace against Lazio, but assured Inter “are not the anti-Juventus. We’re on the right track.”

The striker has now scored six goals in his last four Serie A games, but above all with just seven shots on target, confirming his absolutely deadly finishing.

“I am going through a good period of form along with Inter. We’re playing well, aside from the game with Barcelona, and want to do even better,” the striker told Sky Sport Italia after a 3-0 victory.

Luciano Spalletti explained his choices and said the 3-0 victory away to Lazio shows Inter’s renewed ambition, but “we had one decent half.”

Mauro Icardi bagged a brace at the Stadio Olimpico for their sixth consecutive Serie A win, allowing them to catch Napoli in second place.

“The performance is the fundamental thing. We have the possibility to control games the way we did in the first half, whereas in the second we gave the ball away too much, allowed Lazio to cause us problems and in those situations I see a lot of what we shouldn’t do,” Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia.

Inter captain Mauro Icardi scored twice as the Nerazzurri beat Lazio 3-0 away on Monday with an impressive all-round performance to pick up their sixth Serie A win in a row.

The win pulled Inter on level with Napoli. Both have 22 points, six behind leaders Juventus, and Inter have the better goal difference, although positions are ultimately decided on the head-to-head record.

Inter have clearly got over their shaky start to the season, which included shock defeats to Sassuolo and Parma.

After a dominant start on Monday, they went ahead through Icardi in the 28th minute.