Former Italy and Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli feels that the degree of the gap between Inter & AC Milan was “impossible” to expect.
Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview published in today’s print edition, via FCInterNews, the coach gave his reaction to the Nerazzurri’s 5-1 triumph in the derby.
Inter did not just win in Saturday evening’s derby over Milan.
The Nerazzurri won in highly emphatic fashion. They put five goals past their city rivals, running away with the result in the final half hour of the match.
This was the fifth time in 2023 that the Nerazzurri had beaten their city rivals.
And whilst Inter had already gotten 3-0 and 2-0 wins over Milan, this was even more emphatic. Even though the Rossoneri scored in a derby for the first time this season, they still fell the a heavy defeat by a margin of four goals.
Prandelli: “Impossible” To Expect Such A Gap Between Inter & AC Milan In Derby
Asked if he would have expected such a difference between the two sides, Prandelli replied “Let’s even say it was impossible.But Inter gave me the clear impression that they’re a machine,” he continued.
“The starters and bench options make the same contribution,” he continued. “Quality, quantity, physicality. And whoever is on the pitch, the style of play doesn’t change. No dependence on any one player, unlike Milan.”
Prandelli highlighted Inter’s “Pressing by the forwards. It was very coordinated, with perfect timing in attack.”
Furthermore, Prandelli also spoke of the Nerazzurriu’s “Great density in the midfield.”
“Winning the ball back followed by counterattacks straight to goal,” Prandelli continued. “They played and won that way. Verticality was key to their style of play.”
And of striker Marcus Thuram, Prandelli said that “I can’t remember a debutant having such an impact in a derby. Maybe Sneijder in the 4-0 in 2009,” he continued.
“But he didn’t score. He was devastating,” Prandelli said of Thuram.
“Every time he burst forward, he did it with two extra gears” Prandelli added.
“But in addition to speed, he also brought the clarity to always find the right spaces, after a lot of running”, Prandelli concluded.