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De Vrij is flattered with comparison to Walter Samuel

Wed 30 December 2020 | 10:49

The Dutch defender joined Inter from Lazio in July 2018 and maintained the nickname ‘The Wall’ following his outstanding performance with the Nerazzurri.

Following his 100

th

appearance for

Inter

,

Stefan de Vrij

discussed his side’s chances to bag Scudetto and comparisons to former

Inter

defender,

Walter Samuel

.

“Yes, I like it,”

De Vrij

told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I didn’t have a nickname before in Holland.

“By the way, when I arrived in Milan, I was building a wall in my presentation video. I was lucky enough to speak to Samuel a couple of times at some event.

“He’s a good person and a very strong defender.”

The 28-year-old claims the team became ‘more compact’ during recent weeks.

“We have become compact as a team and this makes the whole defensive phase easier,” he continued. “We are a united and close-knit department.

“We also feel good off the pitch and this helps.”

Following his 100

th

match for Inter, the Dutchman claims the most disappointing match he experienced in inter was the Europa League final’s defeat to

Sevilla

last season.

“Sometimes I think about it, but I immediately thing that it makes no sense to go back there with my head,”

he said.

“What has been, has been. We can only learn from defeats.”

Inter

were eliminated from Champions League following finishing bottom in Group B.

“Something in Europe is obviously missing, what we did on the pitch was not enough,” he admitted. “We would have liked to continue in Europe, but now we will try to do well in the Coppa Italia and the League.

“The fact that we are able to concentrate only on this can become an advantage, but it will depend solely on us and only us.

“All worlds are allowed in my vocabulary, even ‘Scudetto’. But just as it’s useless to look to far back, it’s also useless to look too far ahead.

“We are up there, and we want to get to the end. Winning game after game, starting with the next.”

De Vrij

praised his former manager,

Stefano Pioli

, who is leading

Milan

in Serie A‘s title race.

“They have a good team and many strong players,”

De Vrij added.

“They seem very united.

“I know the coach very well, I worked with him for two years. He is very good, very human but also very prepared.

“I’m happy with his professional growth.”

He then went on to praise his current manager,

Antonio Conte

.

“He’s a winner. He pours his own desire on the team and tries to exploit all the potential that each of us has inside.

“He beats on that, transmits passion and mentality. He tells me I’m too good and should be tougher sometimes.

“Thanks to him, I have taken some steps forward. The negativity remains outside the gates because we are united, focused on the target and we forget what’s said about us.”


source: SportMob