Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni feels that his coach Simone Inzaghi has helped him to evolve tactically.

The 24-year-old spoke to Italian broadcaster DAZN, via FCInterNews, after the Nerazzurri’s 4-0 Serie A win over Atalanta. He also praised the team for their unity.

Bastoni has become far more than just a central defender for Inter.

The Italian international had always displayed great tactical ability and the capacity to impact the game in possession. That was certainly the case under Antonio Conte.

But since Inzaghi has taken over, Bastoni has become more and more of a force in an attacking sense.

The former Atalanta and Parma defender has contributed with his passing, attacking runs, and crosses into the box.

Whenever Bastoni has played this season, he has been one of the key cogs in Inter’s buildup.

Alessandro Bastoni On Tactical Growth Under Simone Inzaghi

Bastoni’s attacking role has perfectly suited the 3-5-2 shape of Inter coach Simone Inzaghi.

And in turn, the system has been ideal for getting the best out of Bastoni.

The Italian international has really had the freedom to express himself all over the pitch.

But at the same time, it has not come at the cost of any of Inter’s defensive solidity.

The Nerazzurri kept yet another clean sheet this evening. That is a testament to the fact that even as defenders like Bastoni are able to bet at their best in attack, the system also provides plenty of defensive cover.

As far as his tactical development, Bastoni said that “Inzaghi has been very important in it.”

“Initially, I wasn’t so mobile on the pitch,” the defender continued to explain.

Bastoni also noted the importance of his teammates in allowing him to play the way he does.

“It’s not easy to find a player like Mkhi,” he noted. Who will cover in defense when he has to.”

“Or a striker like Lauti, who works so hard defensively. It’s a team game.”

Bastoni then noted that “As we’ve said for a long time, the final in Istanbul [in the Champions League against Manchester CIty] gave us unity and self-awareness.”

“We’ve always stayed united, even during difficulties,” he added. “Last season there were some losses, and we all talked about them.”