Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi feels that nothing can be taken for granted in his team’s Supercoppa Italiana clash with Juventus tomorrow.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the match, as reported by FCInterNews, the coach emphasized that both the Nerazzurri and the Bianconeri have what it takes to win a match that could turn on one or two key moments.
The Nerazzurri will go into tomorrow’s match in excellent form in Serie A, having won their last eight matches in the league, while the Bianconeri’s season has not quite been going according to plan by comparison.
However, this should not lead to any expectations of a straightforward match, and Juventus’s recent 4-3 comeback win over Roma should act as just one more demonstration that they can be formidable opposition.
Across ninety minutes, Inzaghi feels that there are no guarantees and that his side must approach the match at their best and give respect to the quality of their opposition.
“It is a final,” he said, “these kinds of matches don’t have favourites. Juventus haven’t dropped points in eight matches, and on Sunday they had an extraordinary comeback in a tough match.”
“Juventus are used to finals,” he went on, “they have players with great experience but we are also in excellent form.”
He stated that “We will try and use all our firepower, we’re hoping to give our fans what they want to see. The key episodes and our motivation will be very important.”
When reminded that he has beaten the Bianconeri in two Supercoppa matches with Lazio, Inzaghi stated that “As I said, finals are special one-off matches, they can be decided by the single episode.”
“We will have to play a game of intensity, aggression, determination, knowing that we face a great team, used to these kinds of matches,” he continued.
He predicted that “There will be moments in which Juve will give us difficulty, which we will have to find a way out of because we want to have a great match.”
“I feel absolutely no fear,” he said about the pressure of being favourites, “it must act as a motivation. Today we are top of the table.”
“Just look at October, or at August 20 when the clear favorite for the Scudetto seemed to be Juventus while there were many teams who seemed to be in the race,” he added.
“What counts is what happens on the pitch,” he made clear, “now we are out in front, but it should be open right up the end, look at how Milan and Napoli are playing, Atalanta have been playing the way they are for years, and Juventus have won many of their last few matches.”
On absences in the Bianconeri’s squad, he stated that “Juve are a team with a top-quality squad, Allegri knows what he has to do to make up for the absences.”
“Bonucci and Chiellini will recover for tomorrow,” he added, “they will certainly have a very competitive team.”
He said of injured Juevntus forward Federico Chiesa that “I don’t know him well, but I know his father who played with me at Lazio. He’s part of the future of Italian football and I wish him a speedy recovery.”
Of the Nerazzurri’s last meeting with Juventus, a 1-1 draw in Serie A at the San Siro from October, Inzaghi said that “We thought we had won that match, then there was the penalty.”
“But several months have passed,” he continued, “since that match both teams have grown. That was a somewhat ill-tempered game, both sides felt they needed to make up ground.”
“It was not a nice match, neither team were at their best,” he added.
Of his squad, Inzaghi stated that “Everyone has given their all from the very beginning. I played with Handanovic and Kolarov in my career, having them around helped a lot.”
“Kolarov deserved to play more but I have to make decisions,” he added, “and even apart from those two, all the members of the squad have been enthusiastic and showed me they want to work together.”
“Not to mention the way that the club showed faith in me, and how the fans have instantly made me feel their support,” he added.
“We’ll get extra motivation from the atmosphere,” he said of playing in front of the San Siro, “and from the fact that it’s a final, we’ll be playing in front of our fans even if in a stadium divided in two sections.”
“There is no chance for revenge,” he added, “whoever wins the match raises the trophy.”
The coach explained that “Today we have a training session. We played on Sunday evening, I watched everyone who didn’t play against Lazio and they are all in good condition including Dzeko and Correa.”
“I’m lucky to have four strikers who are n good form,” he went on. “Two start and two must be on the bench. Sometimes I must make decisions about who is right for a particular match. It has never been a problem, it’s a valuable resource for me.”
On the presence of President Steven Zhang in the stadium for the match, he stated that “I’m glad he’s here physically but I’ve always felt very close to him in recent months, we text each other before and after each game.”
“He was at the match against Lazio,” he added, “we hope to have a great match for him, the fans and for the club. We will have to prepare as best we can because it will certainly be an important match for us.”
And on his record of beating Juventus twice in Supercoppa finals, he stated that “I had two finals in the Supercoppa and both were successful despite starting from the position of underdogs.”
He called these wins “A reason to be proud, but let’s not forget that I lost a Coppa Italia final against Juve.”
He closed by saying that “It will be a beautiful match at a great stadium in the San Siro. We know it won’t be easy but we will give 120%.”