Inter CEO Beppe Marotta expects that next weekend’s Serie A clash with Atalanta will be very much a head-to-head matchup against a direct rival for the Nerazzurri.

Speaking to the press, as reported by FCInterNews, Marotta expressed confidence that the team have learned from their defeats in previous big head-to-head clashes in Serie A as they prepare to face La Dea.

Inter have now lost to all of Lazio, AC Milan, Udinese, Roma, and Juventus in Serie A.

These matches have all come against teams around the Nerazzurri in the top half of the table.

Clearly this has been a major Achilles’ heel for Inter, even though things have looked much better as far as getting the job done against smaller sides.

Given that Atalanta are in the top four and have started the campaign in better form than Inter, Marotta feels that the team must head into that match expecting another very tough evening, and that they are obliged to learn from their mistakes.

“We have to analyze where we’ve gone wrong,” he said, “that’s the area of the coaching and technical staff, and the players.”

The CEO continued that “On Wednesday we face Bologna, and then we’ll travel to Bergamo for the final act before the break, against a top team.”

“These are the so-called direct clashes,” he noted, “I think the previous direct clashes have helped us understand how and where we can fix the problems we’ve been having.”