Legendary former Nerazzurri captain Beppe Bergomi feels that Napoli defended well, but Inter Milan showed patience to win the Supercoppa Italiana.

Bergomi gave his verdict on the Supercoppa final to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews.

Inter got there in the end to win their third Supercoppa title in a row.

Having dispatched Juventus and AC Milan in the previous two editions of the competition, the Nerazzurri beat Napoli this time around.

But whereas Inter’s win in the semifinal against Lazio had been extremely emphatic, they had to work hard to beat the reigning Italian champions.

The Partenopei put up stern defensive resistance.

Both in terms of the work of the team as a whole keeping their 3-4-3 shape, and the individual efforts of the defensive players to deny Inter’s forwards space, Napoli did their jobs.

And when the Partenopei went down to ten men, it only seemed to further motivate them to keep that kind of defensive wall up.

Beppe Bergomi: Napoli Defended “Perfectly” But “Patient”
Inter Got The Job Done

After the match, former Inter defender Bergomi said that “Napoli played a tactically perfect match.”

“They made life difficult for Inter by covering the pitch very well,” he continued.

Bergomi noted of Napoli that “They played a high defensive line, and kept the team very compact with very few spaces.”

“There were no big opportunities in the the first half,” he noted.

“Inter were dangerous in a couple of situations,” Bergomi went on.

“But the balance was clear.”

Bergomi suggested that “Inter need more time to prepare for matches like these.”

The Nerazzurri had just two days between their Supercoppa semifinal against Lazio and then the final against Napoli. The Partenopei had one extra day of rest.

“But today they did well,” Bergomi added. “They were patient right up until the end.”