Luciano Spalletti: “If A Player Is Not On Inter’s Level They Wont Play For Inter Again”

January 22, 2018 09:30
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Luciano Spalletti stopped by Inter TV to share his thoughts on the 1-1 draw in the Serie A at the San Siro against former club Roma after a late equalizer by Uruguayan international midfielder Matias Vecino.

“I am interested in the difference between how we began the match and how we ended it. What we did towards the end we did at the end we could also have done from the start. Therefore, we have to play with the conviction that we are a strong team, to hurt teams when they attack us. Instead we became timid and became discouraged. It seems as though we don’t have the character to be at this level” Spalletti began.

The former Roma and Udinese coach was asked if the team showed glimpses of the form they had earlier in the season when they racked up three points replying: “We need to find balance and we need to find it quickly. We need to raise our level without being imbalanced or being timid. If you are afraid that something worse will happen to you then that will surely occur. This is not the way that one arrives to the final result. There are no lifts or elevators but there is a staircase you have to go up and you have to go upwards one step at a time. We have the quality, maybe what we are lacking is individula character. Otherwise I don’t understand.”

How is this problem resolved?

“You take those who play in this manner and you don’t let them play again. If someone is not at Inter’s level he wont play for Inter. It is the same discussion for me, if I don’t deliver results during these two years it is correct to give my job to someone else.”

How does someone make their character more solid?

“When doing something different. No-one brought us to this level, we came here by ourselves. We have to have confidence in our own quality and bring it out every time you play or train. You need to exhibit it time and time again. Many have left the club and then they are sorry. Now that we are here we need to hold on tight to Inter.”

Nima Tavallaey Roodsari
By Nima Tavallaey Roodsari
  • Antonio

    Spalletti just confirmed we will face SPAL with 5 players; Handa, Miranda, Skrinir, Cancelo, and Icardi

    • Facchetti

      Hasn’t that been the lineup for the last 2 months? I don’t remember seeing anyone else on the field except maybe for Ranocchia.

  • nozanneti

    SPALLETI ON THE TRANSFER MARKET:
    I work with Ausilio and Sabatini 24 hours a day, they are in tune with me. Now it’s up to us to help Rafinha find his way here.

  • nozanneti

    Inter legend unconvinced by signing of Rafinha – 22 January at 11:50
    During an appearance on Sky Sport’s Calcio Club, former Inter midfielder Esteban Cambiasso had his say on the Nerazzurri’s capture of Brazilian midfielder Rafinha. He said:

    “With the signing of Rafinha, it has to be said that Inter have signed a Barcelona reserve. He is an interesting talent, but they are allowing him to leave because he is not good enough to play for them. That’s the truth.”

    So, with that, it is fair to say the treble winner is far from convinced that the 24-year-old is good enough to improve Luciano Spalletti’s team and play a crucial role in helping them seal qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

    • il Biscione

      Laughed a little to that Cambiasso´s comment, just because he wasn´t exactly an invaluable first team member at Real Madrid before Inter signed him. Rafinha can be a bust, but have to see him play before we can judge. Most people here were saying Skriniar was a stupid transfer when he was bought.

      • nozanneti

        I was firm škrinjar believer before he came to inter, as soon I saw him playing and I wrote that here in a comment.
        I trusted in cancelo, he seemed/seems to me as a gifted, “natural player”.
        I am not bragging, simply sometimes even I … am right! LOL
        cambiaso was a flop in real, but unfortunately, he didin’t say a single lie in his interviw.

  • nozanneti

    Monday January 22 2018 —- Sturridge wants Sevilla move

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge would prefer a move to Sevilla ahead of Inter or staying in a non-playing role at Anfield.
    A report in the Daily Mirror states the England international has ‘urged’ his current club to open negotiations with the Andalucian club, with a move possible this month.

  • nozanneti

    Inter withdraw from race to sign Ajax star — 22 January at 12:25
    One of the names thought to be in the frame was Ajax star Amin Younes, who has impressed for the Dutch giants since joining them from Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach back in 2015.

    Indeed, the 24-year-old German is out of contract in the summer and has made it clear to sporting director Marc Overmars that he will not be tempted by the idea of signing a new and improved deal.

    • frigo

      Amin Younes, star? That’s very funny!

  • Nerazzuro21

    Then the majority of the squad should never set foot on the pitch again.

  • nozanneti

    “How does someone make their character more solid?”
    —all is done if one dive deep into management’s colon and breathe deeply.
    those should be there until they are 5th or 6th at the end of the season and then flushing water in wc will end the job.
    “support our troops!” they say in us … how about supporting them by bringing them home ?

    • Mojo25J

      Haha thank you for that comment. They do say that a lot in the US. Sheesh it is annoying

  • hj

    Agree with the coach. Right now Inter are dealing with the players with middle-clubs mentality and in order to raise the bar high Inter need to let go all those players. That’s why Spalletti being offered this job because Inter believe he’s the right person. Then of course, builiding a team with winning mentality is not only about purchasing some great players that too old and cost highly.
    From the very beginning the project of the club is leaving the old managements of Moratti that we know have hurt Inter until these very day and starting to make a new project that investing a lot with young talent that can bring success in economic and sporting department.
    This project needs time. That’s why Spalletti never target Scudetto as the club’s goal. Our goal is top 4! CL!

    • Mojo25J

      That is the beauty of Spalletti, he is not delusional, he understands that he has so many shit players and so far he has squeezed the fuck oout of them to perform better than they would have under any other coach.

  • nozanneti

    spalleti your level is very low, as low as ausilio’s ass goes low.

    • Eshay Hazan

      you are probably one of those who always blaming the coach. we had 9 coaches since mourinho (spalletti is no.10), some of them were really good at other teams. when you give a good coach a mediocre players, you will have an average team. spalletti cant teach our midfielders how to make a good pass from the middle or our wingers how to cross more accurately. he needs to work with what hes having at the moment. without spalletti this squad would be below milan in the table. you have 4 world class playera (miranda, skriniar, cancelo and icardi). you cant compete at the top like this in the long run.

      • nozanneti

        when you give a good coach a mediocre players, you will have an average team. — but when spalleti brings borja, dalbert, vecino, … then they SHOULD PLAY according to HIS expectations.
        btw. miranda is “world class player” ?!?! how come, when.. ?!

        • Eshay Hazan

          borja and vecino as CM’s, and dalbert can be a PART of a good team should we had a decent attacking midfield and wingers. spalletti has no creativity in midfield so he puts borja forward at the age of 32 in a position he never played in.
          notice that our peoblem isnt the defence, we really dont concede that much. our problem is ONLY in attack, no creativity. i swear even gabigol would shine with those uncreative wingers and midfielders.

          • nozanneti

            I agree with you, but good coach takes care of such a problem, like mourinho did. Instead, spalleti is already finding excuses for rafinha, (the player he insisted on as a solution to the problem!) although rafinha didn’t kick yet the ball in inter. remeber: mourinho needed creative player, he identified him in sneider, he brought him to inter and sneider had an instant positive effect on the team as a whole ! something seems wrong to me nowadays in inter, not to mention all those runners they collest in midfield.

          • Eshay Hazan

            in mourinho days inter could pay sneijder release clause immediately. believe me, spalletti would prefer someone other than rafinha for AMF. but with 0 zero cost operations, that is the best they could get. spalletti warns that rafinha isnt inter saviour before the media starts expecting him to be kaka. those words show that rafinha wasnt exactly his dream addition to the team.

          • nozanneti

            I wouldn’t not mix financial problems with problems in evaluation of players. I was just about to mention mou’s mistake with quaresma, when il biscione sent me “a reminder” of that case 😉 true, it was mou’s misjudgement, no doubt. but it was just one, as far as I can remember.
            spalleti says he is in total harmony 24/7 with ausilio and sabatini regarding this transfer window and we read what are inter options for creative player. _ 1st, 2nd, the 3rd one! rafinha was always at first positin, and ceballos, for instance, on 3rd position.
            so, no excuses, please spalleti, JUST DO YOUR JOB properly !

          • il Biscione

            Are Real willing to sell Ceballos or is it just a rumor? I´d bet they only want to send him on loan with no option to buy. But a very good promising young player, would be weird if Real want to sell him.

          • nozanneti

            I believe that ceballos wants more playing time, but he has no inter on his mind, he prefers going to PL. real is not mad to sell him, just to let him gain some more experience while they make reconstruction of their team this summer incorporating him, asensio, kovačić and perhaps some other youngster with neymar, icardi (sorry), hazard…. and bringing a new coach to real.

          • il Biscione

            Would make sense. Although Zidane might continue being Real´s coach next season unless he fucks up this season completely.

          • Enes Aliu

            We got Sneijder for 15 millions, at the time we got him he was deemed to be a player that couldn’t ever reach his full potential.

            While we’re getting Rafinha an even more injury prone midfielder with not that much of an experience and for 35 millions if we choose to buy him which way more than the 15 millions we got Sneijder for.

          • Pacho Nerazzuro

            Rafinha is not injury prone, he had 2 impact injuries by dangerous tackles, most notable one from Nianga. Injury prone is someone who is fragile and can’t handle the physical intensity and tends to get injured. Rafinha was a starting player among the likes of Iniesta, Messi and Neymar until Niangga broke him so he has more experience and winning mentality than any Inter midfielder in the last 5 years or so. The only doubt is that he hasn’t played competitive football in a while and that’s why Spalletti took the pressure off of him as he needs to ease him into the squad one step at a time.

            Even the simplest economy course teaches about the value of money over time. 15M in 2009 are worth at least 40-50M in today’s market. If Inter were to buy Rafinha out right, they could have paid 20-25M tops but when you want a FREE trial with no commitment whatsoever, you gotta pay later. The player pushed hard to come to Inter because he saw that he could get more playing time before the WC since Inter desperately needs someone with his attacking and passing ability. Overall a great acquisition from Inter, even with all the uncertainty about his match fitness and it doesn’t cost a thing

          • Enes Aliu

            Yeah of course the value of money its not what it was in 2009 but pretty much when we got Sneijder we got him for 15 millions because he was deemed a finished player who was injury prone more or less.

            You still can get awesome players today with 40 millions, nobody is to be blamed that us Inter overpay with every player we buy. The only exceptions from 2010 have been Icardi and Kovacic. Other than that we have overpaid for each player we bought more or less.

            And yeah you’re right that he got the injuries from tackles but still it’s worrying knowing he missed this much time of not playing. Obviously I hope he’s going to play even better than at Barcelona but you can’t help but worry.

            I’m just saying that paying 40 millions for a guy that hasn’t play in 9 months is a bit much however you look at that, but we can at least see if he’s worthy of those money before we decide to get him or not.

            And even at 2009 paying for a player 30-40 millions was not that big of a deal. Remember that summer we sold Ibra for a combined 40-50 millions + Eto if I’m not wrong.

          • il Biscione

            Mourinho identified and bought Quaresma and Mancini. His record with transfers was not perfect and he had a bigger budget.

          • nozanneti

            true, mou had made mistake with quaresma who was too much “exotic player” for inter and became a flop. it was mou’s dissapointment, but did he have som many mistakes in juding players as inter has nowadays ??

          • il Biscione

            It would be easier for Spalletti if he had the budget Mourinho had and if Inter would be as appealing to players as it was during Mourinho´s period.

            Out of this summers signings I would count only Dalbert as a flop. Vecino and Valero have been decent and Skriniar a massive hit. Cancelo is working out for us quite nicely recently.

            This first transfer market when Spalletti has been in charge has not been that bad. You might say we should have got better midfielders than Valero and Vecino, but they costed combined only about 30 millions. What two world class midfielders would have you got last summer for 30 millions?

          • nozanneti

            mou means much more on international level than spalle does. player would come just because of the fact that mou is asking for him. cancelo and škrinjar a fine reinforcements.
            is borja world class midfielder ? has he ever been ?

          • il Biscione

            Borja is ok most of the times, but getting old obviously. He was kind of a cheap fix anyway. For the money spent on him he is doing fine in my books.

            For Inter having a lot of mediocre players right now I would blame Ausilio mostly, not Spalletti,

          • Enes Aliu

            World class Valero and Vecino, cmoon man quit whatever you smoking!

            Right now only Handanovic is a world class proven player, not even Icardi can be considered that. You don’t get called world class without achieving something major for your club. And none of them have done that except the poor Handanovic that is constantly top 5 in Europe each year.

          • il Biscione

            I asked what two world class midfielders we could have got for 30 millions? I didn´t refer Valero and Vecino as world class. It´s hard to get two world class players for the sum of 30 millions. Understood?

          • Enes Aliu

            My bad, it sounded like you were saying they were world class players.

          • frigo

            That’s bullshits! I’m getting really upset, when people shitting on Icardi all the time for nothing! He have more than 50% of our goals, where we will be now without them? And most of them are not easy taps ins, but from difficult positions! If wasn’t Alison great saves, Icardi can have, even a hattrick. By the way Alison was reading the game very well and quick to left his goal line by one of Icardi’s opportunities. I can’t say the same about Handanovic, who didn’t read the situation well and was too late against El Saarawy and we concede!

          • Enes Aliu

            According to your logic of reasoning I can say also “If it wasn’t for El Sharay great run Handanovic would have not gotten the goal, and if it wasn’t for the stupid mistake of Santon as well.”

            Well Icardi needs to turn if-s in Yes-es if he wants to be a world class caliber player. He usually scores 2-3 goals in 2-3 matches in a row and then goes quiet for 4-5 matches at least.

            Not saying it is all his fault but he’s not consistent either!

          • frigo

            And Handanovic is in top 5 goalkeepers in Europe, only in Inter fans heads. He never was the best in Serie A and now he’s not the best in his small country Slovenia. Don’t get me wrong, he’s good goalkeeper and probably our most consistent player last five seasons, but nothing more than that.

          • nozanneti

            oh, you meant that mancini, roma mancini ?
            was he mou’s choice ?!? I simply don’t recall it … wasn’t he mancini’s ?!?
            I don’t know, really.

          • il Biscione

            Mancini was Mourinho´s buy. Wasn´t Muntari also? About that one I´m not 100% sure.

          • Stefano

            I remember perfectly , Muntari was specifically requested by Mourinho.
            Mourinho was probably a better motivator but , even if I know this is unpopular ,Mancini had a better eye for players in the transfer market, he would also make mistakes but he would bring some amazing acquisitions like , just as an example JC and Maicon when they were total nobodies.

          • Stefano

            True, quaresma Mancini AND Muntari were the 3 particular , specific requests from mou.
            As far as the transfer market requests go Mancini was actually better than mou.

          • Pacho Nerazzuro

            Gabigol has creativity, that’s true. But nobody will play a kid who doesn’t follow that coach’s instructions and prefers to play flashy, show-off (early Neymar) style of football instead of effective team-oriented and tactically sound football. No coach will put up with it, not when you’re a nobody. All of the brazilian players that made it in Inter were broken-in by other european clubs first. Gabi should have been loaned to a smaller Serie A club on arrival just like they did with Adriano. Inter is not a good place for brazilian players to adapt. They should have learned from Coutinho’s situation. He came back a different player after the loan in Spain

  • Il Principe di Persia

    I hope he means Gagliardini, Candreva and Santon. Our Italian players are awful. They are just playing at Inter, because of their nationality, not quality.

    • casperv

      Partly agree – no one has as many assists as Candreva and I think his understanding with Cancelo is growing, but an all out winger like him needs a target or more in the box to aim at and with only one man in there it´s quite difficult for him at times..
      Santon has never been Inter material and no one understands why he plays this much for us but Gagliardini is still very young (23 right?) so he has time to learn but if we want to take a step up in quality we need a “strootman” kind of midfield general in stead of him to play next to Vecino. Ramires could be the man but I doubt Rafinha is.

      • Il Principe di Persia

        Eder came in, and had 3 golden opportunities and was unlucky not to score that header, however, with Crossdreva we couldn’t even move the ball! His decision making is even worse than Guarin!

        If he wasn’t Italian, he was playing for a team like Cagliari at most.

        • Pacho Nerazzuro

          Do you think Spal will use Sturridge in that position if he comes? He might give us some extra edge in attack and pull some defenders off of Icardi and open spaces for MF (Rafinha) to run into

          • Il Principe di Persia

            The problem is Crossdreva, not Eder or Stur.

          • Pacho Nerazzuro

            Yes, I meant play Sturr instead of Candy

          • Il Principe di Persia

            I don’t see Stur as a pure winger, doesn’t have the dribbling ability.

      • Facchetti

        Uhh, Candreva, Verdi and Ramirez all have 8 assists…he’s hot garbage. Literally does the same thing every time he has the ball.

        • casperv

          Obviously meant no one else has as many assists as him at Inter…

          • Facchetti

            Who cares about assists though? What matters is does he create anything and the answer is: not really. He put 1 cross in yesterday. 0.9 successful crosses/game. He needs to change what he’s been doing, and there isn’t much else to say about it.

        • Il Principe di Persia

          More than agree

      • frigo

        Man, Candreva is shit and that’s obvious! He have how many, eight assists from hundreds of crosses, most of them stopped by defender. And believe me, if he hasn’t Icardi in the box, he wouldn’t have half of those assists! Let alone that he have zero goals and this for a winger is embarrassing!

      • Il Principe di Persia

        About Crossdreva, let’s stop looking at the stats and see his gameplay! He kills most of our attacks because of his poor decision making and too many touches on the ball.

        Beside, if like basketball we had a “turnover” factor in football stats, u would see his awful lot of turnovers and wrong passes in every game.

        At the end, it’s possible to have 8 assists out of 300000 crosses in a season, especially when u have predator like Icardi in the box!

    • Stefano

      I could agree on 2 of those , kind of , but to call Candreva :
      ” Awful ” …after looking at his career and the fact that he was never ever benched by any of his coaches EVER and is still wanted by many , is way exaggerated and over negative .
      If we had Salah or someone like that , then Salah would play, fine, of course.
      But we don’t , so we have an above average, very good , but different type of player in Candreva and we need to support him instead of always trying to bring him down.

      • Il Principe di Persia

        Like I said above, about Crossdreva, let’s stop looking at the stats and see his gameplay! He kills most of our attacks because of his poor decision making and too many touches on the ball.

        Beside, if like basketball we had a factor like “turnover” in football stats, u would see his awful lot turnover and wrong passes in every game.

        At the end, it’s possible to have 8 assists out of 300000 crosses in a season, especially when u have predator like Icardi in the box!

      • Pacho Nerazzuro

        Agree, there’s no better option and Candy knows his place is safe. Do you think Spal will use Sturridge in that position if he comes? He might give us some extra edge in attack and pull some defenders off of Icardi and open spaces for MF (Rafinha) to run into

  • Sean Patrick

    Santon started so well but he has made at least 3 mistakes that have costed us wins in 3 of the last 6 matches. He needs to sit out again.

    • Boudou

      Time to give Dalbert 2-3 full games to assess him properly and has a chance to prove his worth

      • macanoo muriidi

        That’s the point, one thing i released when dalbert entered, immediately perisic and brozovic became affective as no one of Roma team can out run Delbert, sow I don’t care how low he’s technical ability is, but even if he makes mistake he will still cover, just like first game v Roma Same sharaawy out maneuvered dalbart, but he did a ashley Cole ran back and covered the goal.if nagatomo or santon make a mistake it 100% goal but we easy forget.

      • Stefano

        Disagreed.
        Time to face reality:
        He is not a football player.
        Dalbert is the only player I know that looks like c.ap even in his YouTube highlights videos.

      • Il Principe di Persia

        I guess he is better than Santon and Naga, because he’s left footed. Doesn’t need time for that extra touch to bring it on his right

    • Guilherme Laviola

      Santon needs to go to another club, hes not on Inter level…