Former Inter defender and football pundit Daniele ‘Lele’ Adani has shared his views on Inter’s 2-0 win over Getafe in the Europa League last 16 last night.
“In a multi-faceted game, played with the right attitude but also with suffering, I think Handanovic was the best player. He made saves in decisive moments,” he began his analysis whilst present in the studios of Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia earlier on today.
“Eriksen is not a reserve player. The boy is serious and has done his job. He is a player who lives for these nights. He made Tottenham grow and made them reach the Champions League final.”
Adani then went on to sing the praises of Inter striker Romelu Lukaku, who hit his 30th goal of the season in the game.
“He was already big when he was little. He looked after his brothers and his mother, he admitted it with honour. So, when he goes on the pitch he does it by putting his soul into it and you can see it in the sacrifices he makes and intelligence he has.
“He practically invented the goal. When you have such an attacker, you can work with coded movements, but you can also rely on him in the moment of desperation. Bayer Leverkusen are the opposite of Getafe, they are one of the favourites to win the competition.”
Adani then went on to speak about Inter manager Antonio Conte, whose future in charge of the Nerazzurri club is up in the air following another recent public outburst.
“When things are put out on the streets, they must be resolved in the streets. Now the priority is to isolate the issues off the field, but this is something that needs to be resolved.
“People will want to understand what are the topics to be clarified in order to possibly continue together or separate. Conte wants full powers? And who are they taken from? It is impossible now not to go too deep.”
He proceeded to discuss Conte’s football obsession.
“Conte has two things in his life. His family and winning. He really works for 24 hours a day, he is obsessed and sometimes he loses his clarity.
“I don’t always agree with his choices, but I’m enchanted by the strength and determination that has led him to the results. He is good when he has to build because his obsession becomes an added value. That said, Eriksen needs to play more.”
In conclusion Adani shared his thoughts on Christian Eriksen, who scored Inter’s second goal of the match after coming off of the substitutes bench in the second half.
“When a great player is failing, the fault is always mutual. Eriksen can’t be wrong. You can’t sign Kevin de Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes played for Novara and now he is the most incisive player in Europe, but you can’t sign him. Per questo non può andarti bene Eriksen.“
Adani spent two years on Inter’s books between 2002 and 2004 and in his time with the club the now 46-year-old made 45 appearances, in which he scored five goals.