Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi feels secure in his position, never more so than after his team beat Juventus 1-0 at the Allianz Stadium to keep pace at the top of the Serie A table.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster DAZN, the coach gave his initial reaction to the massive win and also brushed off the suggestion that his future could be in jeopardy after the bad form of the team prior to the international break.
Inter went straight into one of their greatest challenges on their return from the break, and they were made to work for the result by a well-oiled Juventus who pushed high up and tried to take the game to them.
In the end, however, despite defending with their backs to the wall for long stretches of the match, the Nerazzurri showed that they could hold out and keep a precious clean sheet to take three points from the match.
Now, Inzaghi will feel that his team has gone some way to silence on the pitch some of the rumours that his time as Nerazzurri coach may be close to its end.
“I have a contract that the club asked me to extend, but I asked to wait because we have to evaluate based on the result,” he said,”contracts are worth what they’re worth.”
“Seven months of excellent work have been overshadowed by three recent draws,” he added, “but I feel trusted by everyone.”
“Even the fans who came yesterday to cheer us on in Appiano,” he added. “I’m happy with what we’ve done these past seven months, the criticisms have come out but I’ve been in football for thirty years, it’s right to accept the constructive ones.”
On the result against Juventus, he said that “We’re certainly at a fundamental stage. We’re chasing Milan and Napoli, we wanted to stay with them. We’ve dropped points that we will try to earn back in these final eight games.”
Of the pressure going into the match, Inzaghi said that “I honestly feel little pressure because I’m further ahead of what I was aiming for in terms of results and trophies.”
“It’s normal for Inter to be under pressure after failing to get results over the last few games,” he added, “but we’ve missed important players in the last few games.”
“Now we’re right back in it to chase, some will say that we are still favourites but we have not won here at the Allianz Stadium for eleven years,” he went on.
“We haven’t done anything yet,” Inzaghi said, “this is a moment that must give us confidence in our pursuit of Napoli and Milan.”
On the penalty that his team scored the only goal of the match from, the coach said that “Yes it was, and then Calhanoglu also scored a goal after, the penalty shouldn’t have needed to be retaken because there was nothing in it.”
And of the pressure put on his team by Juventus, Inzaghi said that “Honestly, there were few difficulties, when they hit the crossbar there had been a foul on Handanovic.”
“In the second half there was an opportunity for Zakaria but then the guys allowed Juve little,” he concluded, “and we know how strong a team they are.”