An ex-Fiorentina player has suggested that Inter could have been heavily beaten by Fiorentina on Tuesday night had the energy levels of La Viola not dropped, according to a report in the Italian media.
Whilst speaking to Tuttomercatoweb.com, Francesco Baiano explained that Inter were under immense pressure in the first half and Vincenzo Italiano’s side should have scored more than once.
“Inter were at the mercy of Fiorentina for 35 minutes, Handanovic performed two miracles, Viola’s misfortune is not to have killed the game.”
It seems the reason for Inter’s comeback to make it 2-1 and win the game in the second half was that Fiorentina could not maintain the intensity that they were playing with, as is common this early in the season.
“Italiano thought that if he plays at a low pace, he loses the pressure. The only possibility was to increase the pace, but after 35 minutes the team lost energy which is normal.”
Francesco Baiano then discussed the fact that this Fiorentina look significantly better than the sides that have been flirting with relegation recently.
“This Fiorentina in the last few years he has fought not to be relegated, they were shooting little. They are trying to completely change the way of thinking now.
“Italiano is creating a mentality, that of playing the game. The first 35 minutes were embarrassing for Inter due to the strength of Fiorentina. If Duncan scored, Inter would not get back into the game.”
Speaking about Inter’s new coach, Simone Inzaghi, Francesco Baiano suggested that he brings more calm to the team than Antonio Conte was able to with his high-octane presence on the sidelines.
“Inzaghi transmits tranquillity to the team, Conte lived the game differently, as the twelfth man on the pitch. Inzaghi is more reflective.”