Former Inter, Juventus, and Hellas Verona midfielder Pietro Fanna feels that at this point it’s do or die for the Nerazzurri in Serie A.

Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview published in today’s print edition, via FCInterNews, Fanna gave the view that Inter can no longer afford to drop points, and also gave his thoughts on how the Gialloblu could hope to get a result this evening.

If Inter’s win over Napoli gave the team hope that they can still catch up to the Partenopei, subsequent events have dampened this optimism.

Last weekend’s frustrating draw away to Monza was a reminder of just how difficult it is to pick up maximum points at a relentless pace, whilst the Partenopei look to have clearly recovered with a win over Sampdoria followed by a statement demolition of Juventus.

There are still more than enough matches for the Nerazzurri to catch up at the top if the leaders stumble, but the margin for error has become razor-thin.

Asked about the importance of this evening’s clash with Verona for Inter, Fanna replied “It’s very important because they can’t afford to drop more points or else risk the gap at the top becoming unbridgeable.”

“Inter have sometimes lacked the attention to detail needed to take maximum points in matches like these.”

Of the strategy the Gialloblu should hope to use, Fanna argued that “They must show total focus in the defensive phase, but without giving up the threat on the counterattack.”

“Inter have top players who can solve matches like this in a moment,” he continued.

“But, if they show signs of distraction, then a compact Verona will have what it takes to cause them problems.”