Inter coach Simone Inzaghi believes that yesterday’s win against Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi reflects the quality of a Nerazzurri team who brought in the right players over the summer.
Speaking in a press conference after the match, as reported by FCInterNews, the Italian tactician praised his side and gave a special word to the club for giving the right players at his disposal.
The goal that proved to be the winner on the night was scored by Edin Dzeko, his fourth for the club since joining from Roma in the summer, from a corner by another new arrival in the form of Hakan Calhanoglu.
The quality on show from both players made clear how the Nerazzurri have managed to cope with the difficult losses of Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku and remained one of the top teams in Italy.
The coach is glad to be able to work with both a squad filled with Scudetto-winners and with these new signings.
Asked whether the match was a great team win he responded, “I think so. We encountered a difficult opponent, who created problems for us in the first half hour. We were technically wrong, they were first to all the second balls. But then, in the final of the first half, we had already reorganized. And we knew that Fiorentina couldn’t keep that pace up.”
He went on, “We talked, we came back to the pitch very well. We scored three goals and we could have scored even more, also helped by Gonzalez’s red. Four games in a few days and two away trips – I’m satisfied.”
Inzaghi had been considering making substitutions before the quick-fire double by Matteo Darmian and Edin Dzeko to turn the game on its head.
“We waited a moment, there was Edin’s goal,” he said of the sequence. “I knew that in Sanchez and Dumfries I would have important substitutes. And the two of them were good. I saw Lautaro was tired and booked, so I put Perisic up top and he also scored. We are a good collective 0 many players going in one direction. We have to continue like this.”
As to why his team struggled in the first half, Inzaghi stated that “We had to be better in the dribble, but we knew that the game could change at any moment. We had already drawn level in the first half, though it was called off for offside. And I want to see their goal again.”
And on whether he expected to have such a strong team at his disposal, the former Lazio boss said, “I was hoping for it. I left with great ambitions and desire.”
“We knew we had to secure the club financially,” he explained, “the club is very good at operating, bringing in very strong and functional players. We want to stay at the top. And we are lucky enough to have fans who help us, the first to understand the problems we are addressing. They supported us from the beginning.”