Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi feels that his responsibility and not anyone else’s to address the issues that have plagued the team at the start of the season.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, the coach spoke about his role in getting the Nerazzurri back on track following their stumble in losing the Milan derby on Saturday, and also spoke about the qualities that he wants to see from his team against Bayern Munich tomorrow.
Inter are in the midst of a tough start to the season, as losses against Lazio and then over the weekend against Milan have exposed problems with the team that have been apparent since preseason.
The Nerazzurri will have the chance to prove that they can put these struggles behind them over the coming matches, but things are not going to get any easier, starting with tomorrow evening’s Champions League group stage opener against Bayern.
“The match against Bayern has to be a big opportunity,” he said. “We know the quality of the opponents, who are one of the three or four favourites for the competition, but we’re Inter, and in front of our fans we’ll try and play a match with determination and aggression.”
He continued that “These are the qualities that will be needed to ensure balance in the team.”
Of the aftermath of the loss to Milan over the weekend, Inzaghi said that “There’s great disappointment, we know what the derby represents. It’s a result that we didn’t expect, we watched and reviewed it.”
“Clearly we could have done better,” the coach continued, “in the end we created a lot but unfortunately we had a period of around 25 minutes where we switched off completely and it cost us the match.”
“There are moments where we all have to do more,” he continued. “We’re at the beginning of the season, I see a season that’s starting slower than last one. It’ll be up to me to fix things and improve them.”
Of what he wants to see from his team against Bayern, Inzaghi noted “The approach and the enthusiasm, we’re all well aware of the difficulty of the match. We’re coming up against a very strong team that we want to make life difficult for with what we’ve been preparing over the past couple days.”
And of his selections for tomorrow, the coach said that “Everyone is available except for Lukaku. I’ll try to make the best choices.”