Roberto Mancini was satisfied following Inter’s friendly match against Real Salt Lake, pointing to the benefits of going up against a fitter team at this stage of pre-season.
RSL play at altitude and that combined with the heat made it a testing night physically for the Inter players. Speaking after the Nerazzurri’s 2-1 win at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mancini said:
“It was a good game. We worked on switching play and tried out the things we wanted to do. Playing against a team with better match fitness than us helps improve our condition.
“We needed to see how Erkin and [Cristian] Ansaldi settled into the team and get ourselves moving a bit because we’re haven’t loosened up properly yet.
“D’Ambrosio performed well at centre-back. He’s got that versatility and he already showed that last year when he played there against Juventus in the Coppa Italia.”
“Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday? It will be a different game to this one because PSG are at a similar stage to us in their pre-season.”