Italian journalist Stefano De Grandis believes that Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi has gotten off to a strong start with the Nerazzurri this season.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, the journalist reflected on the start that the former Lazio boss has managed with his new club, and given the view that for the circumstances the 45-year-old has done very well.
Inzaghi has overseen only three matches so far for his current club, two wins and a draw in Serie A, but there do appear to be positive signs already in terms of the mentality and style of play being implemented at the club.
The former Biancocelesti manager had a tough task coming in and replacing departed head coach Antonio Conte, while important players departed from the club in the form of Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku.
De Grandis believes that the strength shown by the Nerazzurri in the early part of the season is a testament to the good work done by Inzaghi.
“It is true that he slowed down in the last one, but he took a team and gave them an identity,” he stated. “Despite having sold Lukaku and Hakimi, Inter started strong, much better than Juve, how can you not give Inzaghi a high rating?”
Of Inter defender Federico Dimarco De Grandis said, “He only suffered a little with the physicality of Sampdoria. He is a utility man, he is capable of working hard defensively and also making runs forward in attack.”
“He is the extra man for Inter,” he continued on Dimarco, “because Inzaghi played him as a centre-back and because he made his debut from the first minute for the team he supported as a child. Someone like him should be highlighted, as well as the quality of Inter’s work.”
“Inter are a top team, and they have remained so,” De Grandis said. “They have a functioning midfield, Barella is multifaceted, there are good wing-backs and Dumfries has shown quality.”
“The only thing I don’t really like about Inzaghi is that sometimes he starts with substitutions in his pocket before the game even begins,” he said of the manager, “in the last one he took Brozovic off but Calhanoglu was playing worse. Despite the sales, Inter are good value and can do well in the Champions League.”