Inter wing-back Denzel Dumfries is happy to have had a good performance in his first start for the Nerazzurri, bagging an assist and looking well up to the pace in a frenetic 6-1 rout of Bologna at the San Siro.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster DAZN after the match, the summer signing gave his immediate reaction after a match in which his performance stood out even in a very positive team display.
The Dutchman was happy to have helped the team respond well following a disappointing Champions League group stage opener, having fallen to a 1-0 against Real Madrid during the week.
“I’m really happy,” he said, “we had to play a great match after the defeat against Real and we did it.”
The 25-year-old made his first start of the season since his move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer, and he impressed, repaying the faith given to him by his coach.
The wing-back explained how Simone Inzaghi instructed him to approach the match and how he sees himself, after a very impactful performance that was by far his most significant in a Nerazzurri shirt up to this point.
“Inzaghi asked me to push high up and attack as much as possible,” he said. “I talked to my teammates, they gave me a nice welcome and I’m happy to be here.”
On Achraf Hakimi, a player he is seen as replacing following his move to Paris Saint-Germain, Dumfries insisted that the Moroccan had not been forgotten by supporters, but was focused on being a success himself.
“I don’t think the fans have forgotten him because the last year he did very well here. But I’m happy to be at Inter.”
The Dutchman concluded by talking about how he’s quickly learning to speak Italian more fluently. “I’m studying a lot and I’m learning new words.”