Inter coach Luciano Spalletti spoke to Premium Sport to comment on the heavy defeat against Sassuolo in the Serie A at the Mapei Stadium.
Two defeats in a row, and Icardi missed a penalty. Are you convinced by this team?
“Even more convinced, I saw some good performances, then there were moments where we were not consistent and not smart when we could take advantage. We conceded a goal from a counter attack, which should not have happened, against a team physically tough and with a field like this you have to be good not to allow to close themselves, and we did not take advantage of the chances we created”.
When Icardi is not on form the team struggles?
“Yes, but we had many occasions when the ball went close to the post, but overall we did well, then looking into the details it is obvious that we have to be more clinical”.
What can a coach say to his team after these two games?
“The point is that everything can not be said in front of the cameras. I will say what I have to say to the team. Then on the individual level certain things must be clarified, with a different reasoning from the analysis of the game, but I do not think there are too many negatives from this match. The team played well, they were aggressive, had the continuity of staying in their area. More quality passes were needed, but we did played the way we had to play, we needed more attention in the 2-3 occasions that allowed them to score, then congratulations to Politano for the 80 meter run for the goal”.
On the surprise inclusion of Cancelo and the movement of D’Ambrosio:
“For me he has brought advantages: D’Ambrosio has always contributed, Cancelo’s kept pushing with quality and continuity, you talked about the lack of balance, but the fact is that he always brought the ball into the area”.
The team was able to react as a team until two weeks ago when it was in difficulty, now it does not happen…
“The reaction for me was there, we put a lot of balls in the penalty area”.
The interview closed with the intervention of Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero, : “You are a great man Luciano, the number one in giving explanations, for me you do not have to give so many.”