Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi has been working to use the past few weeks to get the team’s fitness to optimal levels ahead of a tough fixture list.

This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews.

Since the end of December, Inter have had the relative “luxury” of only having to play one match per week.

With no matches in Europe, the team have faced four matches in total since their Coppa Italia exit to Bologna. Those were against Lecce, Genoa, Hellas Verona, and Monza in Serie A.

That has coincided with the holiday period. Therefore, the players have had a bit of time off to be with their families.

But in terms of the training, Inzaghi has gone with a particular approach.

With the rare opportunity to work with his players for a full week, he has set a particular pace in training.

Initially, the Corriere reports, the Inter coach has gone with very high-intensity training.

This has been in order to build a lot of fitness in a short space of time.

Then, closer to the matches, the coach has eased up. Inzaghi has stressed rest and not overburdening his players.

Simone Inzaghi Aiming To Have Inter Squad At Peak Fitness

Inzaghi has not had to balance high- and low-intensity training in short periods as has been the case when Inter have had just a couple days between matches.

Therefore, the Inter coach and his players have been able to “have it both ways” so to speak.

And Inzaghi has a particular plan in mind.

The coach hopes that this last month or so has been an opportunity to recharge for the second half of the season.

That will be important given the matches to come.

Inter face Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana semifinal at the end of this week. Then they could also have the final in that competition.

After that come Serie A clashes with Fiorentina, Juventus, and Roma.

And just on the horizon looms the Champions League round of sixteen clash with Atletico Madrid.

Inzaghi’s intentions are clear. He wants a team that is fit for those matches.

This means not losing their shape in matches or allowing too much space to counterattack into.

And the success or failure of the 47-year-old’s training methods during the last few weeks could be the decisive factor in whether Inter can reach that level.