Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi has played an important role in getting midfielder Nicolo Barella back to his best form.
This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who note that the coach has worked with the midfielder on both a physical and a psychological level.
Barella was back to his very best against Salernitana over the weekend, bagging two assists to take his total for the season to a personal best of nine, and broadly looking imperious in the midfield battle.
This has not always been the case for the 25-year-old this season, who has at times looked like the fatigue of constantly playing for both the Nerazzurri and the Italian national team has caught up with him.
However, Barella is a vital player for Inzaghi’s system, and the coach has always made a priority of personalized work with him to ensure that he is getting the best out of the former Cagliari midfielder.
The Gazzetta suggest that the coach has tried to act as a kind of “older brother” to the midfielder, giving him space to grow in confidence but intervening to give him a mental lift when needed.
This, in combination with the diligent work by the coach and his staff on the player’s fitness has allowed Barella to return to form at a vital time in the team’s season.