Inter midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu feels that while the Nerazzurri have been disappointed by recent results, they are not struggling.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster SportMediaset, the 28-year-old emphasized that, rather than being in a difficult patch of form, the Nerazzurri still have their fate in their hands.
Inter have now lost two of their five opening matches in Serie A, taking no points away from either of their direct clashes with rivals at the top end of the table in the form of Lazio and AC Milan.
Things are not getting any for the Nerazzurri now that they are set to face Bayern Munich tomorrow, although it will also represent a real opportunity to put their recent disappointments well in the rear view mirror.
Calhanoglu was keen to emphasize that the Nerazzurri can still easily come back from some of their recent setbacks, stating that “It’s not a difficult moment of form, perhaps it’s a painful one because we lost an important derby.”
Of tomorrow’s Champions League group stage opener against Bayern, he said that “We have to pick ourselves back up immediately because in Europe the level is raised, we’re ready after having analyzed our opponent.”
“We’ve analyzed our mistakes,” the midfielder continued, “the matches always depend on us. We lost the derby and it was our own fault, we’ve already analyzed everything and are working to improve.”
Asked if he feels that he’s improved since his time facing Bayern when playing in the Bundesliga, Calhanoglu replied “A lot, I would say. In the defensive phase I’ve improved a lot, ditto on a tactical level. I know Bayern well, I can’t wait to challenge them.”
“It’s all in our hands,” the 28-year-old added, “we dominated against Real and Liverpool, but in the end we made small mistakes that cost us the matches. We have to improve in that sense.”