Inter defender Matteo Darmian is glad to have gotten off to a winning start with the Nerazzurri this season, after a 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona yesterday made it two wins from two Serie A games.
Speaking to InterTV, as reported by FCInterNews, the Italian congratulated his new teammate Joaquin Correa on a debut brace, and gave a perspective of optimism on how the team are doing despite a summer of upheaval.
The Nerazzurri followed last weekend’s emphatic 4-0 win over Genoa with a more difficult fixture against Verona, which they nevertheless were able to get three points out of after struggling.
Darmian was involved in the goal that proved to be the match-winner, providing the assist for debutant Correa’s header to make it 2-1.
Of the assist, he said, “I believed it to the end. I told myself I wanted to get to it, Arturo (Vidal) sent me a great pass. I put it in the middle and Tucu scored a great goal. Credit to him.”
“Fifty-fifty,” he said as to who deserved credit for the goal, noting that Correa “scored a great goal.”
“Surely they didn’t want to get out of this stadium with zero points,” he said of the Nerazzurri’s opponents on the night, “and we entered more decisively and with intensity.”
“We managed to bring the game into a draw after one minute of the second half and it was easier. The quality came out and we won a match that was as difficult as it is important.”
“We were expecting a difficult match,” he went on, “with an aggressive Verona man to man. We didn’t put out our best performance in the first half, but our willingness to take home the three points made the difference.”
“They had expended a lot of energy in the first half and maybe they dropped, we entered with a different spirit and mentality, and we took home the three points,” he explained.
On his role in the team under Inzaghi, Darmian stated that “Basically, what we wing-backs have to do hasn’t changed a lot. Maybe players with different characteristics have arrived and we have to adapt more, but players have arrived with great quality and they have shown it.”