Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi wants his team to be fully committed to the task of trying to reach the Coppa Italia final in tomorrow’s semi-final second leg clash with AC Milan.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the match, as reported by FCInter1908, Inzaghi emphasized the importance of the task and also stated that the club are working to sign a midfielder who can back up Marcelo Brozovic.
Inter have a chance to play for a place in the Coppa Italia final tomorrow against their city rivals, and the tie is evenly balanced after the first leg finished in a goalless draw.
It promises to be one of the most difficult matches of the Nerazzurri’s entire season in terms of the difficulty of their opposition and the pressure that will be piled on them.
However, the reward would be significant, as would the boost in momentum they would get.
“The team comes into this semi-final charged up and motivated,” Inzaghi said, “we know the significance of this challenge and what it represents for the fans and the club.”
“We come into it off the back of three consecutive victories, we are preparing for the match well,” he added.
On selection dilemmas for the team’s matches, particularly leaving out Lautaro Martinez against Spezia, he said that “A coach always has many doubts and decisions to make every day.”
“There are still two training sessions left,” he continued, “I will try to choose the best team for tomorrow’s match.”
“We have to split between the two competitions,” the coach went on, “tomorrow is very important but then the league will follow just after, keeping in mind that we are in the race for the two objectives.”
He added that “We’re on a great path, after winning the Supercoppa in January.”
“There have been three derbies this season,” the coach said, “tomorrow we know that we have to win it and we want to. We want to reach the final, we know that we could have gotten more from the other derbies.”
“Thinking about it, we know that the key episodes are decisive during a match like this,” he added. “We had to do more and swing the episodes our way at the right time, tomorrow the final is up for grab.”
On what he’s asking from his players, Inzaghi said that “Concentration in matches like this, knowing the importance of paying careful attention to the away goals rule.”
“We face a top-quality opponent, who are doing well and on an excellent path,” the coach continued. “We will need to show maximum attention for 95 minutes or more.”
Of the away goals rule, Inzaghi stated that “We had discussed before the first leg match, in these two months it was too late to change it.”
“We had to do the same as it was decided in Europe,” he continued, “it’s correct to go on like this now and not change while the competition is in progress.”
“We must show even more concentration,” he went on, “not having scored in the first leg, we have to be as careful as we can because every moment can be decisive.”
On the prospect of winning the derby for the first time this season, the coach said that “We hope so, we’re playing in our stadium and in front of incredible fans who have always pushed us on.”
“Against Verona, the stadium helped us a lot,” he said. “We know that tomorrow we won’t be alone, it’s a very important match with very high stakes.”
“There have been three different derbies,” he said of the season so far, “the first two in the league we played very well.”
“In the last one, the teams were even, knowing that there would be a second leg to come back to,” he continued, “it was a more reserved match.”
“We’re aware that we haven’t won a derby yet, and tomorrow we have a great opportunity to take advantage of in the best possible way,” he added.
Inzaghi explained the significance of the match for Serie A by saying that “It’s important because it is for a place in the final, but we have to be good at keeping the two competitions separate.”
“Tomorrow the final is up for grabs, then we’ll focus on Roma to prepare for an important match for our title charge,” the coach added. “From Friday on, after Spezia, our thoughts have been on tomorrow’s match.”
Regarding the significance of Marcelo Brozovic to the team, the coach said that “We know the importance of Brozovic, when he was out it coincided with a period of decline for us.”
“We know that behind Marcelo all the midfielders we have are not specialists in his role,” he added, “but they gave their all.|
“We’ve spoken about it as a club and we will probably sign someone for the role,” he continued, “but right now I don’t care because we have to finish these last forty days of the season in the best possible way.”
“We know that we have no alternatives tomorrow,” he said of the importance of winning outright against the Rossoneri, “with a 0-0 scoreline we go to extra time and with a scoring draw we’re out.”
“The game will be long,” he went on, “we have to approach it in the best possible way. I’ve already progressed with Lazio after a 0-0 in the first leg, mentally and physically it will be a taxing match.”
On selections in attack Inzaghi said that “I have five forwards in good condition, they all deserve to play.”
“We have to make choices,” he continued, “everyone can play well with each other, it will be up to me to choose who to start with and who can come on from the bench.”
“It also always depends on the match,” the coach elaborated, “Dzeko and Correa did a great job. The two substitutes did just as well and scored.”
He concluded that “In certain matches you can choose differently as we did against Verona, you also base certain decisions on how the match is going.”