Inter Milan Coach Simone Inzaghi: “We Must All Work Harder Starting With Me”
Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi has accepted the responsibility for his team’s very subpar performance against Fiorentina this evening, in their tenth league defeat of the season.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster DAZN, via FCInterNews, the 46-year-old reacted to the defeat, and stressed that he is the first one who is going to have to work harder following this very damaging result.
Inter were dealt a damaging blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Serie A table as they lost to Fiorentina in their first match back from the international break.
“We’re immensely disappointed,” Inzaghi said after the match, “we’ve lost two consecutive home matches.”
“We have to work harder, myself first of all.”
“Fiorentina are a great team and the guys did their best,” the 46-year-old said after the match.
“This is just the moment we’re in right now, we had to be a lot more clinical because there were chances we should’ve taken advantage of,” he continued.
“As far as the commitment they showed, I can’t say anything, the guys went out and played the match that we prepared for,” Inzaghi said.
“We’re not where we want to be in the table, which has to give us pause.”
Regarding the fact that the team created chances whilst playing in a 3-5-2 shape but not in 3-4-3, Inzaghi replied “Sure, but overall the more that the match went on, the more that we started to lose our composure.”
Regarding the team’s recent struggles in front of goal, the coach stressed that “Last season we had the best attack in Serie A, this time the second best, but in 2023 we’re scoring less.”
“These bad moments can happen for all strikers, and we have to put our heads down and work,” he went on, “this month will be intense, the most important thing is that we pull up our sleeves, and get players back from injury.”
“This evening we had several players out injured, and then Correa, Bastoni, and Gosens were just coming back,” he noted.
“I was much more angry regarding the team’s performance after the match against Juventus,” Inzaghi added.
Of the performance of striker Romelu Lukaku, who notably missed a huge chance to score during the second half, the coach suggested that “If he had scored two goals, his performance would have been judged differently.”
“He has to create chances for himself, make the movements that the team requires him to do,” Inzaghi went on of Lukaku.
“We had chances apart from him, I wouldn’t dwell on Lukaku.”
“This is a result that hurts, it’s our tenth loss of the season in the league and obviously that means that something’s going wrong,” Inzaghi admitted.
Of the mood of the team in the locker room, Inzaghi admitted that “It’s not one of the best, but that’s part of football.”
“The players are capable of analzying their own performance, this one was a totally different one than against Juventus,” he continued.
“This loss hurts even if we would have deserved a different result,” the coach said, “and then in 72 hours we’re right back on the pitch for another massive match.”