Inter icon Bergomi backs Nicolo Barella to be the next captain

Tue 23 February 2021 | 14:10

Nicolo Barella is prepared to turn into Inter's next skipper however the Nerazzurri ought not hurry to dispose of current captain Samir Handanovic, as per Beppe Bergomi.


was tipped a week ago to be the player to next wear the Nerazzurri armband, with Inter apparently having just concluded he will succeed Handanovic as captain. The 24-year-old midfielder delivered another great performance on Sunday as they Thrashed

AC Milan

in the Derby della Madonnina. 

"Barella is ready, he is a mature boy," Bergomi emphasized in an interview with Italian outlet 



"I think Inter's biggest strength is their defence and he is learning to defend better.

"Barella is an instinctive player who used to let players go past him and would get booked for cheap fouls, but now he's improving in that sense.

"He is mature both on and off the pitch.

"I do not align myself with those who criticize Handanovic, however, be careful.

"Samir is intelligent, his comments after the derby and after the elimination from the

Champions League

were important.

"He always has the right words to say, you always learn from defeats.

"So I would not cast Handanovic aside easily because what he said about Spalletti, about how Spalletti helped Inter become what they are now, should not be taken for granted."

Bergomi, who spent his entire playing days with Inter, also thought about Sunday's derby win, which Inter won 3-0 gratitude to a twofold from Lautaro Martinez and one from Romelu Lukaku. 

"Even before it was played, I considered it a Scudetto match for both clubs," he explained.

"AC Milan must not look backwards but forward.

"Inter, however, won with merit.

"They give the impression of being mature and aware of their strengths.

"Certain players have improved, now there is a united team with a strong sense of belonging.

"I still think that Conte is the one who, in these two years, has been the difference maker."

"Each coach gives his team its own identity," Bergomi argued.

"His Juventus, Chelsea and Italy teams were teams with big heart and with great technical ability.

"It is not offensive to say that the two teams look alike.

"Conte believes so much in work and repetition.

"Initially he tried to play a certain type of football, with an attacking midfielder with a high defensive line and playing with a higher press.

"He is a divisive person but at Inter, when you have someone like that, with a strong character, the results arrive."

Conte's squad have an essential lead in

Serie A

now in front of their next match at San Siro against Genoa.




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