Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella feels that both he and the Nerazzurri have had a season of ups and downs.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster DAZN after Inter secured qualification for next season’s Champions League by beating Atalanta, via FCInterNews, the 26-year-old also stressed that he feels that he’s in good condition physically speaking now.
Barella got on the scoresheet very early on in what turned out to be something of a thriller against Atalanta.
In the end, the Nerazzurri won by a scoreline of 3-2. This was enough to mathematically ensure that they finish in the top four of the Serie A table. In truth, a top four spot has looked fairly safe for some time now.
However, only a few weeks ago that had not been the case. This is illustrative of the fact that, for Inter, it’s been an erratic season. There’s no ignoring that the lows have been low, particularly for a club of Inter’s stature.
Just last month, the Nerazzurri were in the midst of a protracted crisis which saw their status in next season’s Champions League in jeopardy, and rumours of coach Simone Inzaghi being sacked flying.
Nicolo Barella Admits: Inter Have Had A Rollercoaster Season
The highs, however, have been equally high. The Nerazzurri beat Fiorentina to win the Coppa Italia just a couple of days ago.
And then next month, they will face Manchester City in the final of the Champions League in Istanbul. Moreover, Inter head into that final with no shortage of momentum behind them.
The team look physically fresh and full of energy, something that was on display against Atalanta despite the gruelling fixture list this evening’s match came in the middle of.
“This was certainly a way to send a message,” Barella said.
“Playing against Atalanta after just two days isn’t easy, but we succeeded. We were focused on securing a place in the Champions League,” the Inter midfielder continued.
“Now we have Torino, and then we’ll think about Istanbul. I’ve had a season of ups and downs, like Inter have in the league,” the 26-year-old noted.
“On occasion I could’ve done better,” Barella noted. “Physically I’m feeling good, and I hope to help my teammates along the adventure that awaits us.”
He added that “San Siro is San Siro and Inter fans are Inter fans. There’s nothing else I have to say.”