Simone Inzaghi is asking his Inter Milan team for better game management in their Serie A clash with Torino next weekend.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews. The newspaper detail the improvements the coach is demanding, particularly in the second half.
One thing that’s clear is that Inter need to improve their form compared to their matches going into the break.
A loss to Sassuolo and a draw against Bologna have seen the Nerazzurri fall behind city rivals AC Milan in the Serie A table.
And the task for Inter coach Inzaghi has been to assess exactly what the team needs to do better. And then to implement his ideas.
Inzaghi has had an international break in which to study, reflect, and work with at least some of his players.
And according to the Corriere, there is one major theme that the coach wants to impress on the squad.
Simone Inzaghi Asking Inter For Better Second Half Management Vs Torino
As far as the way that Inter have started matches so far this season, there is little for Inzaghi to complain about.
The Nerazzurri have tended to start matches at a very high tempo. This has prevented opposition sides from really getting into the game early on, and also allowed Inter to score early frequently.
But the problem in recent matches has been in the second halves.
Whether it has been energy levels dropping, or a certain lapse in concentration, Inter haven’t seen matches out.
Inter were 1-0 up against Sassuolo but then lost the match. They were 2-0 up against Bologna, and drew.
Clearly, however Inter are starting matches, they have to finish them better.
And Torino will be a stern test of the Nerazzurri in this respect.
Even though results against the Granata have largely been positive under Inzaghi, all the matches have been tough and gruelling.
Against Benfica in the Champions League, Inter had perhaps their best second half of the season so far.
The Nerazzurri paced themselves early on, but grew into the match after halftime.
This proved an effective way to nullify the high-pressing Portuguese champions, dominate in the decisive periods, and win the match.
A similar approach will be necessary against Torino.
It is not as though Inter won’t want to get off the a fast start. But for Inzaghi, the more important thing is how the team manage the whole ninety minutes.
And the second half will be particularly important in that respect.