Inter defender Stefan de Vrij feels that there is still a lot of work that the team must do in order to reach the start of the season next weekend at the level they need to be at.
Speaking to InterTV at the end of the Nerazzurri’s 4-2 loss to Villarreal in a friendly, the 30-year-old admitted that the team still have a lot that needs to be improved upon based on what they’ve shown in their preseason friendlies.
Inter have played five official friendlies now, and after winning their opener against Lugano they’ve failed to win a single one of the five.
Results matter less than performances in preseason, but the nature of the displays has still given an indication that the team is a long way from being ready to face competitive action.
There have also been encouraging signs, and the team have one more crucial week to work before they kick off their Serie A season against Lecce next weekend, but as things stand there’s a lot that needs to be done.
“There’s still a long way to go and we have to improve,” de Vrij said, “especially out of possession. We have to improve and keep working, this isn’t enough.”
“It didn’t go very well, that wasn’t how we wanted it to go,” he continued. “We can’t be satisfied with the friendlies we’ve played given that we’ve conceded too many goals, we have to improve.”
And of the fans, the defender said that “They give us a boost, they’re always with us wherever we go.”