Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi has asked midfield duo Nicolo Barella and Marcelo Brozovic to start showing greater leadership on the pitch.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that the coach has emphasized the need for the most important figures within his squad to stand up amid mounting pressure arising from the team’s crisis in form.

Barella and Brozovic are certainly among the Nerazzurri’s most influential players in terms of their technical contributions in the heart of the team, whilst the two have also grown into leader figures within the squad.

This has not always come out in the team’s opening few matches of the season, as both of the pair have had mixed form, and seemed to slump their shoulders along with the rest of the team.

Inzaghi wants both of the midfield duo to step their games up at precisely moments when the team as a whole starts to falter, leading by example and guiding the team through difficult moments on the pitch.

Meanwhile, the coach has also told the likes of Alessandro Bastoni and Denzel Dumfries that he expects higher levels and greater consistency from both of them given their reputations and the extent to which he has identified them as key players to build around.