Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi admitted that he was prepared for a difficult encounter against Roma in Serie A, but had worked on a plan to secure the 2-0 victory at the Stadio Olimpico.

In an interview with the club’s in-house television channel, Inter TV, and as reported by FCInterNews, Inzaghi claimed that the win was of huge significance in the battle to secure a top four finish and a Champions League qualification spot, and praised his squad for their display.

“We played a game of great intelligence and intensity. We knew it was going to be tough, it proved to be so and in fact I want to applaud all the lads,” the former Lazio coach declared.

“We expected Roma to be intense. We knew that their defenders are of quality and quantity and that during the game maybe they would get tired and at that point we would have to dribble well, as we did.

“It absolutely helps our confidence. It was a very difficult match, but the team remained focused, determined and with all the ingredients to win a very important match.”

Roma Win Boosts Confidence Ahead Of AC Milan Clash

Inter must now prepare for a Champions League semi-final first leg match against rivals AC Milan on Wednesday, and Inzaghi felt that the win over Roma was a good platform to go into that encounter.

“Yes, it gives us confidence ahead of Wednesday. We knew what we were going to find: a determined and physical match but we were very mature, we suffered together at the moment of suffering and we were determined in attack.”

The Nerazzurri claimed victory thanks to a first half goal from wingback Federico Dimarco, but whilst Inzaghi was impressed with the former Hellas Verona man, he also wanted to praise the whole team.

“It was absolutely a good performance, but not only by Dimarco. Everyone did very well.

“At the moment I have options in attack and midfield. We have some little problems on the wings and in defence, we hope to recover them soon,” he added.

The win sees Inter move five points clear of Roma in the Serie A table with just four league games remaining.