In an interview with FCInterNews.it, former Inter midfielder Benoit Cauet has shared his thoughts and feelings on how the 2019/20 season has went so far for the Nerazzurri.
“It has been absolutely positive. Just look at the table and see how the manager and club are trying to grow the team,” he began.
“It is no coincidence that San Siro is always sold out or almost sold out when the Nerazzurri take the field. Today the two defeats against Naples and Lazio are fresh in the mind but objectively the objectives are still there.
“Inter are just three points behind first place, and could win the Scudetto and also triumph in the Europa League.”
He proceeded to discuss the criticism that Inter have faced in the past few days having lost their second consecutive game.
“In Italy it is always like this. It’s part of the game. As soon as things turn bad and a couple of games are not going well, people point the finger and Inter are criticised.
“These thoughts can spur the Nerazzurri even more to ‘eat’ their opponents on the pitch. Conte is very strong and he knows that the loss to Lazio cannot invalidate all the positives this season.”
Cauet then went on to speak about Inter’s upcoming Europa League round of 32 tie against Ludogorets, the first leg of which will take place this Thursday in Bulgaria.
“For them it will be the game of their life. They have a valuable team, they will want to show off, in the last few years they have always won their league. Playing in Razgrad will also be complicated because of the atmosphere. The Nerazzurri will have to be concentrated.”
Cauet was then asked if he still thinks about when he won the UEFA Cup with Inter back in 1998.
“More than 20 years have passed. What happened, both positively and negatively, will remain in the history and hearts of all the Inter fans. Now let’s try to look forward. We must applaud Suning who want the club to return to making every fan truly rejoice. If they continue in the way they have, results will not be far away.”
In conclusion the Frenchman spoke on Christian Eriksen, who arrived at the club in a circa €20 million deal from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur during the recent January transfer window.
“He has just arrived. We are talking about a player with quality, one who was a team leader at Tottenham. All criticism of him comes from people who don’t want to see what he can be capable of.
“He is a top player. To expect him to arrive, without knowing the team’s mechanisms, nor speak the language, and repeat the feats he did in London in five minutes, is a request for a magician, not for a footballer.”
Cauet spent four years with Inter between 1997 and 2001 during which time he made a total of 147 competitive appearances across all competitions. He scored seven goals and tallied two assists whilst wearing the Nerazzurri shirt.