Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi feels that his team still have a lot of work to do in the finals of the Coppa Italia against Fiorentina and the Champions League against Manchester City.
The Nerazzurri coach spoke in a press conference after a 3-1 loss to Napoli, as reported by FCInterNews.
Inter have lost for the first time in nine matches at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
However, there will hardly be time to dwell on this defeat and lick their wounds.
The Nerazzurri get right back to action in midweek. Moreover, it will not be any ordinary fixture. Inter are facing Fiorentina to try and defend last season’s Coppa Italia crown.
Then, there are two more Serie A matches to go, against Atalanta and Torino.
Finally, in three weeks’ time, the Nerazzurri will play in perhaps the most important match of their season. English champions Manchester City await them in Istanbul, where they’ll have a chance to be crowned European champions for the fourth time in Inter’s history.
Inter Coach Simone Inzaghi: Making Finals Good, Winning Them Better
Inter coach Inzaghi gave his thoughts on the team’s season so far.
“As far as the league is concerned, we know that what we’ve done hasn’t been satisfactory,” the coach admitted.
“I know first and foremost that I’m the coach.”
“In the cup competitions, we’ve been extraordinary,” he then noted. “We’ve added two more finals, but we have to stay focused.”
“It’s nice to make finals, but it’s even better to win them,” Inzaghi emphasized.
Of what his team have to do now, Inzaghi said that “We have to do well to put June 10 out of our minds. We know what’s on the way, but in a few days we will have another final against a team who are very well organized.”
“Today’s match took a lot out of us,” he said of the loss to Napoli. “It took a lot out of us.”
“It’s to be expected that if we lose after equalizing in the 82nd minute there’s regret, it’s a defeat we wanted to avoid that slows us down in the hunt for a Champions League place.”
Asked if striker Romelu Lukaku could start against Fiorentina, Inzaghi said that “I have my ideas, but as I often say, I’ll evaluate one match at a time.”
“In the Champions League, I repeated the same starting eleven, which seemed most suitable to me,” the coach continued.
“Then I got a great response from the team against Sassuolo.”
“Beyond whoever starts or comes off the bench, I have numerous top players who always give their best,” he said.