Former Inter manager Roberto Mancini has taken the opportunity during the international break to speak to Il Corriere dello Sport. During the interview, Mancini spoke about his departure from Inter as well as the race for the Scudetto.
“I’m not surprised because I knew it would only be a matter of time before they got back at the top. We’ve builded a strong basis that has been improved every year.
“Spalletti is a great expert coach and has important players. Credits goes to everyone. Some errors may have been made during the growing process but you could have seen that it was an important team.
“My work has been left in the middle like it is for every fired coach but I’m glad Inter are back there. If they are still at this position before the end they could fight for the Scudetto”.
Mancini believes the Serie A has regained the competitiveness it has been lacking in recent years and views his old club, Lazio, as a surprise contender for the Scudetto race.
“It’s a great championship, very difficult, the level has risen from a few years ago. I think I’ll bet the five teams will fight to the end for the places that guarantee Champions League football.
“Lazio will be there and no one thought they would be but the Biancocelesti are doing great in the championship, I’m happy for Simone who was my teammate and my player, I love him and I hope they continue like this. Inter have been doing well so far this season but Inter is a team that has improved over the years. They can fight for the Scudetto.”
Lastly Mancini spoke about some of the stars in Serie A this season”
“Insigne? He’s strong but there are other great players at Napoli. There’s Hamsik for example, I wanted to bring him at Inter when he played for Brescia. Did I get wrong? (he smiles).
“Dybala? Inter could have got him, the deal was done with Palermo, they only needed to improve their offer. If you offer 25M and they ask for 35, you should do the sacrifice for this kind of player. You could already see he would become a champion, he still is able to improve a lot.
“I’m sorry I didn’t get to train him, he’s one of the players that gets you entertained. Is he at Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar’s levels? He’s got everything to succeed but still misses something at the moment”.