Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi believes the Nerazzurri will have to be at their best to take three points against Hellas Verona.
Inter are back in action this afternoon, hoping to bounce back from a disappointing draw away to Genoa last weekend.
By dropping points in Liguria, the Nerazzurri allowed their main title rivals Juventus to gain some ground.
The Bianconeri beat Roma later in the weekend. Those two results closed the gap at the top to just two points.
Inter still retain top spot. But only by the slenderest of margins.
Therefore, this afternoon’s match against Verona is an opportunity to keep that placement. And to put some pressure on Juventus ahead of their own match against Salernitana tomorrow.
Verona are relegation-battlers, and have had to deal with losing some important players already this month.
As such, this might not be the hardest match for Inter on paper.
But at the same time, the Nerazzurri will not be underestimating the Gialloblu. Marco Baroni’s team will have all the motivation in the world to try and get a shock result at the San Siro.
And if Verona can manage that, it would not just be a blow for Inter. It would also prove to be a huge boost for Juventus.
Simone Inzaghi: Inter Must Be At Their Best Vs Hellas Verona
Of this afternoon’s opposition, Inzaghi said that “We’re coming up against a team that started the season very well.”
“But then they dropped off. However, they’ve recovered somewhat.”
“They’re an opponent with quality,” the Inter coach said of the Gialloblu.
“We will need to be Inter at our best,” he said.
Inzaghi also noted that of the two players back from injury, “Lautaro and Dimarco had similar injuries.”
“We didn’t want to underestimate the seriousness of them. So we looked at them along with the medical staff.”
“I made different assessments of the two, but they’re both fit,” Inzaghi said.
As for what he wants from his players, Inzaghi said that “I asked them to stay focused on today’s match.”
“We want to finish off the first half of the season in the best way possible. But Verona will throw absolutely everything at it.”