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Riccardo Ferri: Barella and Bastoni can become Inter icons

Sun 14 March 2021 | 11:30

The Nerazzurri legend has praised the Italian pair for their exceptional ability to interpret different “phases” of the game.

Inter

are currently leading the Serie A table with 62 points from their 26 matches.

Antonio Conte

’s team are the favorites to win the Scudetto as they are enjoying a six-point clearance at the top of the table. Ahead of their league match against

Torino

on Sunday,

Riccardo Ferri

has praised

Nicolo Barella

and

Alessandro Bastoni

.

“I hope they can become symbols, because they are two players who have a long way to go and can write important pages in the club’s history,”

Ferri told

FCInter1908.it

.

“They are two modern players who interpret the phases of defence and attack like few others. I hope that they can continue to improve, along with other players, to form a group with a strong mentality and a hard core to be transferred to those who arrive in the future.”

Ferri compares Antonio Conte’s coaching style to that of Giovanni Trapattoni.

“Conte is similar to Trapattoni in the way they experience the matches in an intense, engaging way. They are always present, as if they are playing the match themselves.

“But they also focus on preparation and train in a meticulous way. Perhaps the two represent the greatest similarities between the Inter of my day and that of today.”

Asked about the Nerrazzuri’s title chances in the current season, Ferri responded:

“We have already passed some of the most important tests. Sometimes there is drop in performance in some of the less demanding matches, but this shouldn’t happen because the target is close.

“We already forget the concrete team of a few months ago that wasted opportunities. Today I see a motivated and solid team, strong in all departments with each individual hungry and determined. I believe that everyone will be thinking of Torino and approaching it as if it’s the final game.”

Ferri was part of Inter’s legendary backline that conceded only 19 goals during the 1988-89 season. He believes the team’s defenders have developed greatly and Inter’s defense must be considered as one of the strongest in Europe.

“Bastoni and [Milan] Skriniar have developed a lot. [Stefan] De Vrij has always played at a high level, but they all needed to grow to occupy a more delicate and demanding role and to cover more of the pitch.

“Right now I think we have the strongest defence in Italy and one of the best in Europe. If you had asked me this a year ago, I would say it lacked some international experience, something acquired through playing.

“Now I think that Inter’s defence, including the wing-backs, is amongst the strongest of all time. What they have done over the last few matches is extraordinary. I see a great willingness on the part of the whole team to help out at the back, making everything easier,”


source: SportMob