Former Sassuolo coach Cristian Bucchi spoke about the Neroverdi’s tough 3-0 loss to Inter yesterday in an interview with Italian media outlet PassioneInter.com earlier today.
First, he commented on the Neroverdi’s approach to the game.
“The approach to the match was certainly easier from a mental point of view for Sassuolo, who come from a clean path, full of enthusiasm, with an exceptional spot on the table and from a moment certainly positive also on an individual level.
“I am thinking of Berardi, Locatelli. There were all the prerequisites for Sassuolo to have a positive impact on the game.”
The Italian then touched on the Nerazzurri’s approach to the game, coming off their painful Champions League defeat to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
“Inter were obviously called to an important response after some poor performances. Yesterday this came, we saw last year’s Inter capable of reaching the final of the Europa League.
“A solid team, combative, approached the match strongly and they were able to maximize the mistakes of the opponents.
“They managed to attack high by recovering lost balls. At 15 minutes they were 2-0 up and they managed to channel the match into the right direction.”
Bucchi spoke about the mentality of Inter coach Antonio Conte, whose position was beginning to come under question following the poor start to the season both in Europe and domestically.
“I think Conte did not see the Inter he had built last year. He had a devastating approach to the season, an angry and poisoned team as the coach wanted.
“It turned into a clean path and in the first year together a Europa League final and a Champions League qualification with merit could be the key for a second season as bigger heroes.”
Finally, Bucchi spoke about the Nerazzurri’s main rivals, Juventus, and how they are more at risk of losing their grip on the Scudetto this season.
“Inevitably with Juventus changing by relying on a young coach, today they no longer seem unbeatable like other years. Inter finds themselves to be the team that, like Juve, can win the Scudetto.
“Inter were expected to be more courageous, gritty and determined to achieve the desired result. Instead in many performances Conte didn’t see this, hence his anger.”
Inter are currently second in the Serie A table after four games, sitting on 18 points, five points behind league leaders and rivals AC Milan.
The Milanese club’s next league game is against 10th place Bologna, who have recently recovered after a poor start to the campaign.