Spezia head coach Leonardo Semplici feels that his team’s shock 2-1 win over Inter this evening was all the more important for their season given that it came against a team who he considers to be one of the strongest in Serie A.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster DAZN, via FCInterNews, the coach reflected on how important taking three points against one of the Italian top flight’s heavy-hitters was in their quest to avoid relegation.
Spezia will have no lack of motivation as they headed into this match, as every point that they take or drop could well prove decisive in staying in Serie A for the Ligurians.
The Aquilotti’s performance was a reflection of this, as they worked hard and threw themselves in the way of everything to keep the Nerazzurri from making more of their dominance of possession.
From Semplici’s perspective, it was a deserved result, and they can take a lot of confidence into the rest of the season knowing what they are capable of against that calibre of opposition.
“Huge credit to the guys, we brought home the result and we did it by beating one of the strongest teams, maybe the strongest team in Serie A,” the Aquilotti coach said.
Of the tactical side of the match “Since I first came to Serie A [with SPAL], I’ve been given the label of 3-5-2, but I’ve also played with a back four as I did today, which allowed the team to express themselves better.”
“When you take over a team who are struggling, as was the case here, you have to find ways to increase self-belief in the players,” he added.
“We put Zurkowski as a direct marker on Brozovic, then we changed Agudelo’s position, but Inter caused problems for us in the first half.”
“We then came back playing as we started, but then we switched to 4-2-3-1 and conceded fewer chances, we showed that we could managed the game even when things got difficult.”