Inter are in a free fall after losing 5-4 to Fiorentina, a defeat which was preceded by being pegged back to 2-2 in the derby with Milan plus defeats to Crotone and Sampdoria
According to Corriere dello Sport, no longer feeling supported by his players, Pioli wanted to quit, only for Steven Zhang and sporting director Piero Ausilio to convince him to stay. What were they thinking?
But Pioli feels that he has lost the dressing room, saying after Sunday’s match:
“Clearly we had to make some evaluations and understand why what happened in the second half effectively happened,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.
“Unfortunately what we saw in the second half cannot be my team. It cannot be the team that did well up until last week, even if in the derby we were pegged back at the last second, the side still had the right mentality and approach.
“Tonight we did that for 45 minutes and then had an inexplicable black-out. It was too bad to be true. We’ve got five games left this season and will try to do our best.
“I am responsible for this performance, as are my players.”
Another similar performance against Napoli, could be the end of the Pioli era, with youth team Coach Stefano Vecchi set to take over as caretaker manager until the end of the season.