Sat 28 August 2021 | 4:33

Inzaghi has a competitive squad at Inter

The former Lazio manager cannot say whether the Nerazzurri are like last season or weaker, but he believes the squad are ‘competitive’ after they vanquished Hellas Verona 3-1 with Joaquin Correa scoring a brace during his debut.

Simone Inzaghi

couldn’t have started better after replacing

Antonio Conte



, defeating


4-0 and



It was a hard-fought win, because we started well for the opening 15 minutes, then conceded that goal and struggled for the rest of the half. We weren’t sharp, made the wrong choices and didn’t move enough, but Verona also had a good first half,”

Inzaghi told

Sky Sport Italia


“We re-organised during the break, did well to get the equaliser quickly through Lautaro Martinez and the changes off the bench gave us that little something extra we needed at that moment. It’s an important win, as I had told the lads during the week this would not be easy, as Inter struggled both home and away against Verona last season. They are very aggressive and we did well to bring the victory home.”

Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez were used together for the first time, making another approach to the 3-5-1-1 that resulted in beating Genoa.

“Nicolò Barella and Hakan Calhanoglu were meant to open up to create the spaces for the strikers, but it got a bit too busy in there and the spaces were reduced. Verona kept a high tempo and made it difficult for us.”

Before the start of the game, the tactician revealed Correa was ‘the cherry on the cake,’ and he was then quizzed whether the Serie A champions are playing like last season or they are weaker?

“It’s a good question! As I said before the opening game with Genoa, I am satisfied with what I see on the field. I know Achraf Hakimi is great, but I never actually got to work with him. I trained Romelu Lukaku for a week and he’s remarkable, but he made that decision and took us by surprise. Fortunately, the club was able to react quickly and in 10 days bring in both Edin Dzeko and Correa, so we have a competitive squad.

“The club and President Steven Zhang were clear from the start with me, there were financial difficulties and the first thing we needed to do was ensure the safety of the club. That has been done, now we have a competitive team and now prepare for the Champions League to begin.”

The Nerazzurri are going to have their Champions League debut against

Real Madrid

on September 15.

“It’s pleasing, as already from the first friendly against Parma I felt the fans had adopted me as one of their own. Even when we were trailing, they never stopped singing for us and we dedicate this victory to them.”

source: SportMob

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