Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij believes this could well be the strongest version of the Nerazzurri during his time at the club.

Simone Inzaghi’s men extended their incredible 2024 form by making short work of the hapless Salernitana on Friday night.

The Serie A leaders beat the Granata at San Siro by four unanswered goals, thus widening the gap with Juventus to 10 points.

For his part, de Vrij filled in for the injured Francesco Acerbi at the back, helping his side register a clean sheet.

The Dutchman commented on the second goal where Carlos Augusto’s swift throw-in provided the assist for Lautaro Martinez.

The defender highlighted the importance of receiving and playing the ball rapidly.

“I always tell the ball boys to be quick and give us back the ball straight away,” said the experienced centre-back in his post-match interview with DAZN via FcInterNews.

“Today, we played the throw-in straight away and scored a goal. This is really satisfying.”

De Vrij was asked if this version of Inter is the strongest he played for since his arrival in 2018.

“Yes, I think this is the strongest team I played for. It comes from a long journey of growth.

“Then, when a team plays together for a long time, the play becomes smooth. It’s a pleasure to be part of this team”.

Stefan De Vrij Feels This Is The Strongest Inter Milan Since He Joined The Club

The former Lazio man says he’s ready to take the pitch against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday if the coach wishes to rely on his services.

“Physically I’m fine, it’s always better to play continuously because you acquire pace, otherwise it’s more difficult.

“But I’m someone who works very hard in training to always be ready.

“Griezmann and Depay are very strong strikers. I know Memphis well from the national team and I know how difficult he is to mark. It will be a good challenge.”

De Vrij also admits that the first-half slap against Roma may have been a blessing a disguise.

“I don’t think we entered the pitch lightly or with a weak mindset against Roma. But yes, that difficult first half helped us in the end.

“Roma have skills and play good football but sometimes we have to suffer together.

“We always try to approach the matches well and Today we were very good.”

Finally, the Netherlands international acknowledged that the orange jersey has a special significance for him.

“All the Inter shirts are beautiful, but the orange one is special for us Dutch.”