Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi has played a big role in the “explosion” of form that Federico Dimarco has enjoyed for club and country.
Today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, highlight how the Nerazzurri boss has really gotten the best out of the wingback.
Dimarco has seemingly grown with each season that he’s spent as a regular in the Inter first time.
In the 2021-22 season, his first, the Italian was more of a versatile squad player. He could back up either Ivan Perisic or Alessandro Bastoni, but was not really first-choice in either position.
Then last season, Inter coach Inzaghi took something of a leap of faith with Dimarco.
The departure of Perisic during the summer had left a void on the left flank. This meant that either Dimarco or Robin Gosens would have to step up.
And whilst Inter had signed the latter for a big fee from Atalanta, he was not the man to inherit the left flank from Perisic.
Rather, Inzaghi gave the chance to Dimarco.
And the Inter youth product well and truly ran with it.
Inter Coach Simone Inzaghi Gets The Best Out Of Federico Dimarco
Dimarco’s form at club level earned him a more regular place in the Italian national team under then-Azzurri coach Roberto Mancini.
And the Inter wingback’s performances for Italy were just as outstanding as those for his club.
This has meant that Dimarco is now clearly first-choice in the left for his country. Just as he is for his club.
And it’s quite possible that none of this would have been possible without Inzaghi.
Antonio Conte had had the chance to bring Dimarco into the first team. But he never took it up.
The former Juventus, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur coach preferred to bring more experienced players like Ashley Young and Cristiano Biraghi in.
But Inzaghi evidently saw something in Dimarco.
The Italian may not have been the finished article when he returned to Inter from two seasons on loan with Hellas Verona.
But Dimarco’s quality was evident. And Inzaghi has polished his gem into a key starter for both Inter and Italy.