The Inter boss reveals his half-time team talk to encourage his side towards a comeback win away to Fiorentina and the reason behind them still being Scudetto contenders. ‘We never let our heads drop.’
pulled off a great performance in the first half, taking the lead through Riccardo Sottil and forcing Samir Handanovic to make some saves.
However, when Matteo Darmian and Edin Dzeko both met the back of the net in three minutes, tables turned forInter
and Ivan Perisic scored the winner for the Nerazzurri.
I arrived to work with a squad that had just won the Scudetto, I had also won some silverware, so we do have experience,
” Inzaghi told DAZN.
“We suffered in the first half-hour and Fiorentina deserve credit for that, then we fought back and scored three goals, there could even have been more. It was not easy, so this was the performance of a great team.
“I am above all pleased with the reaction, because going behind like that to a team on their turf, with such enthusiasm in the stands and on the pitch, that is no mean feat.”
was planning to substitute those two scorers off before they found the target, since Denzel Dumfries and Alexis Sanches were on the touchline waiting to go in.
“Dzeko without doubt was being replaced, I was still evaluating Darmian. I am fortunate to have a competitive squad with Alexis Sanchez who had been training for 10 days now.
“Perisic hadn’t scored for months, I moved him to a forward role and he scored. Sometimes the coach also has to just follow his instinct,”
smiled the former Lazio coach.
The club manager was quizzed about the first-half’s poor performance and what his team talk was that inspired a change.
“We had been making too many technical errors in giving the ball away, because we knew Fiorentina would be ferocious from the start. I told the lads we had to find our shape and hold on in there, because we knew that they could not maintain that tempo throughout the 90 minutes.”
Inter have won four out of five Serie A matches and drew one with Sampdoria and despite sending away Romelu Lukaku, Achraf Hakimi, and Antonio Conte they are still title contenders.
“After what happened over the summer, we have to continue. I am fortunate to be at this club, because we lost three big players – and I include Christian Eriksen in that – but we never let our heads drop. Even when there wasn’t much talk about Inter over the summer, we remained convinced our work was on the right path. We’ve got to keep taking it one game at a time, it’s early days.”
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