Inter coach Simone Inzaghi will be grateful that the international break has arrived at a time when, more than at any other point this season, the team need to catch their breath.

This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper La Repubblica, who argue that the temporary stop in play looks like a godsend for a Nerazzurri side who have lacked much reprieve during their recent decline in form.

Yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Fiorentina saw Inter lose further ground on rivals AC Milan and Napoli, and was only the latest stumble in what has become a miserable sequence for the Nerazzurri.

The absence of Marcelo Brozovic was once again exposed in a disjointed midfield display, whilst the team lacked precision and bite in attack.

Inzaghi will still feel that the situation is salvageable given that they are still within striking distance at the top of the table and looking at the players that he has at his disposal.

However, the coach will also greatly appreciate the time in which to reflect, make changes, and work with the team, as well as to get Brozovic and Stefan de Vrij back on the pitch, as they aim to right themselves before the decisive run-in.