Simone Inzaghi is desperate for Inter Milan to avoid complacency at all costs against Empoli in tomorrow’s Serie A match.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews. The newspaper reports that the coach is still wary of slip-ups even with the team’s advantage in the table.

On paper, Empoli will hardly be the toughest opposition that Inter have faced this season.

The Tuscans are currently 17th in the Serie A table.

But that placement just above the relegation zone also means that Empoli will have ample motivation to try and get a result against Inter.

Every point could count for the relegation-battlers. They are currently just a point above the drop zone.

So accordingly, a shock result from the San Siro would be enough to give Empoli a huge boost as they aim to recover the kind of form that they were in when Davide Nicola first took over as coach.

Moreover, the Gazzetta note, the last time Inter hosted Empoli at the San Siro, the result was not reflective of the quality of the two teams on paper.

On the contrary, Inter actually lost their Serie A match against the Tuscans last January.

That was one of the twelve matches that the Nerazzurri lost in what was frankly a substandard league campaign.

It was also the match that rather infamously saw defender Milan Skriniar sent off for two blatant yellow card fouls in the first half.

That red card happened to coincide very closely with the release of an interview with the Slovakian’s agent, in which the agent effectively confirmed that the player would be leaving Inter on a free transfer.

Simone Inzaghi Wary Of Any Slip-Ups As Inter Prepare To Face Empoli

So Inzaghi knows how easy it can be for “easy” matches to get out of hand. Inter also lost to the likes of Spezia and Monza last season, among others.

This campaign has been a very different Inter. The Nerazzurri have been absolutely ruthless in how they’ve gotten the job done against the smaller team.

But all it takes is one match, one moment. And the best guard against that is to take measures against complacency.

So that has been exactly the watchword from Inzaghi in the preparations for tomorrow’s match.

The Inter coach wants his players to be at their sharpest physically, mentally, technically, and tactically, regardless of the “smaller” stature of the opposition.

The Gazzetta note that, behind the scenes, Inzaghi is not too worried about whether or not the team break the 102-point record that Juventus set in a single season in the 2013-14 campaign.

Nor does the Nerazzurri coach have his mind on the prospect of clinching the title against city rivals AC Milan in the derby next month.

None of that matters greatly to Inzaghi. What the coach cares about is securing the title.

So Inzaghi is taking things one match at a time. He wants to find the right approach for each individual match.

Therefore, the 47-year-old is still thinking about the kind of match that transpired last time Inter hosted Empoli.

And he’s also thinking about the fact that the players are coming back from an international break.

Inzaghi wants a hungry Inter, and a well-oiled machine. As it’s been for much of the season so far.