Former Chievo and Atalanta striker Simone Tiribocchi spoke to Italian media outlet SerieBNews.com earlier this week, discussing Inter and the rising level of Italian football.
First Tiribocchi touched on the rising level of Italian teams, both domestically and in the Champions League.
“Yes, absolutely the top players are returning to Italy and this helps our teams to raise the level. Inter, for example, with Lukaku and Godin have taken important players, raising the technical and physical level of the team. It’s normal that at this rate, even in Europe, we can return to being great. Of course, there are still some huge teams, such as City, Real, Barcelona, but we are coming back heavily and soon we can return to the elite of European football.”
The 41-year-old Italian then touched on his favourite strikers in Serie A.
“Every team has a great forward. I like Dzeko so much, I’m in love with him. He does his own coaching, he has a great sense of technique and physique, and a great sense of goal. Recently, however, I’ve become a big fan of Zapata too. The Colombian found wickedness and self-esteem, something that he was missing a bit. He takes important responsibilities and knows he’s one of the best strikers around.”
Finally, Tiribocchi revealed that he is a little disappointed that former Inter striker Mauro Icardi left the Nerazzurri to join Paris Saint Germain in the summer.
“It’s a shame to have lost him, I always showed him to my guys. He’s not going to be much involved in the build-up, but he’s the best in terms of movement in the last 30 metres. Now he’s at a big club, where they put him in a position to score and score a lot. The results speak for themselves: he’s one of the best strikers in the world.”