Inter manager Antonio Conte’s former assistant manager Angelo Alessio has shared his belief that there is no room for Christian Eriksen in Inter’s 3-5-2 system.
Eriksen has failed to cement a place in the Inter team since his arrival at the Nerazzurri in the most recent January transfer window from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur as a result of his performances, which have left a lot to be desired.
“Antonio has a very strong pair of forwards and playing with a 3-5-2 there is no place for Eriksen,” Alessio explained in an interview with Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb’s radio station TMW Radio, late last night.
“At the beginning he tried to insert him in a 3-4-1-2, putting him behind the strikers but Inter conceded a few too many goals, and he returned to the classic 3-5-2.
“The value of the player is not discussed, if anything it can be done on the tactical aspect. In that system there is no room for him.”
Alessio, who served as Conte’s assistant at Siena, Juventus, Italy and Chelsea, then went on to speak on Inter central midfielder Arturo Vidal and how he has performed since moving to Inter from Barcelona in the last transfer window.
“He is the same when it comes to his vehemence, desire, generosity. In my opinion Antonio asked him to do other tasks at the beginning, and if he is a mezzala with the possibility of inserting himself into play he can be devastating. In my opinion we will see him more often in the future in this role.”
Alessio, who last worked at Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock, then spoke on the race for the Serie A title and whether or not he is expecting any surprises.
“Except for AC Milan, nobody in the league in my opinion has yet expressed their actual values. The best ones, however, I believe are already there in front of them.”