Italian journalist Maurizio Pistocchi has given his views on the Inter tenure of newly-appointed Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti, contending that the Nerazzurri showed defensive weaknesses under the Italian tactician.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster Radio Marte, as reported by FCInter1908, the journalist wondered if the attacking quality that Spalletti insisted on as manager of Inter came at the expense of defensive solidity.

Spalletti’s time with the Nerazzurri was broadly successful, with the Italian having guided the club to two successive Champions Leeague qualifications after his arrival from Roma in the summer of 2017.

However, the team did not have the same kind of defensive record under Spalletti that it has in the past two seasons under his successor Antonio Conte, who guided the club to their first Scudetto in eleven years last season.

Pistocchi notes that both at Inter and during his second spell in charge of the Giallorossi, the Italian tactician could never seem to fully find the right defensive balance.

“Spalletti is a particular coach,” he noted, ‘At Roma and Inter, he did not do well in the defensive phase.”

He continued, “Personally, I still haven’t figured out if all this was due to a lack of players Spalletti had in the past, or to imbalances deriving from his very offensive set-up.”