The ex-Nerazzurri boss praised the 24-year-old’s performance in Milan derby as the latter prepares to take Inter’s captaincy from Handanovic.
head-coach, Marcello Lippi, hailedNicolo Barella
’s performance in Milan derby on Sunday after several football figures including Beppe Bergomi, Nicola Berti, and Luigi Di Biagio lauded “one of the best midfielders in the world”.
Lippi talked about Barella, who is in line to take Inter’s captaincy fromSamir Handanovic
“Barella is Italy’s best player at the moment, as well as one of the best midfielders in the world.”
boss added aboutRomelu Lukaku
’s partnership in their 3-0 overAC Milan
“Lukaku and Lautaro are lethal in open spaces, just like Achraf Hakimi.”
“Lukaku is brilliant, aside from his goals he also lets Inter play in several different ways.”
“Antonio Conte’s teams press a lot but they’re also excellent when their opponents leave space in behind.”
“Inter are playing with a level of conviction and self-esteem which allows them to take more risks.”
Lippi later warned Inter about the Serie A title race, concluding:
“Inter are the strongest team at the moment, but they went out of Europe, so there’s no Italian team which is competitive at European level.”
“The league is absolutely not finished now they’ve gone top.”
“Inter are the most consistent side but there’s a fair way to go.”
“One must consider that Inter can dedicate their preparation entirely to the league and this is an advantage.”