Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi admits that the state of the pitch at the San Siro is becoming a problem for the Nerazzurri and other teams.
The coach spoke in a press conference after his team’s 2-1 win over Hellas Verona, as reported by FCInterNews.
In terms of the atmosphere of the fans, there is no doubt that the San Siro is a big positive for Inter.
No team in Serie A enjoy higher average attendance than the Nerazzurri.
The team play in front of a raucous crowd at an iconic stadium. One which they share with their city rivals AC Milan.
But it is that latter fact that can bring some problems with it.
The arrangement between the Nerazzurri and the Rossoneri means that the San Siro pitch sees nearly constant usage.
And this can lead to some wear and tear on the pitch.
Inzaghi Admits San Siro Pitch A “Problem” For Inter
After this afternoon’s Serie A victory over Verona, Inzaghi said that “A lot of pitches are like this.”
“Even the Olimpico and Marassi have some major issues,” the coach continued.
“After the Milan match [in the Coppa Italia against Cagliari] I immediately called Marotta,” Inzaghi said, regarding the state of the pitch.
“It’s causing problems for us, for Milan, for everyone who comes and plays here.”
“Since the match against Udinese this pitch, which was excellent in September, is starting to see problems from two teams playing on it. It needs to be fixed.”
“It also causes problems for the opposition,” Inzaghi noted.
“Verona came to play with players who are good in possession. But we need more attention when stopping, when passing. Something needs to be done about it.”
Regarding the form of striker Marko Arnautovic, Inzaghi said that “A striker should worry when the chances aren’t coming.”
“I too missed chances,” the coach, a former striker himself said. “The worry was when the chances weren’t being created.
Inzaghi also gave his thoughts on recent statements by defender Francesco Acerbi.
“I didn’t speak to Acerb about it,” the coach said. “But I think he meant that we’ve worked hard to reach 48 points.”
“It’s not as obvious that we’d get these 48 points as it may seem,” the Inter coach said.
“And it’s not a given that we’d be able to replace the players who left. Some of whom have made history with this club.”
“Francesco’s idea is that fair credit is not given to a group that’s done a great job so far. Only in the event that we win in the end will that work bear fruit.”