NEWS
Sunday September 24 2017
Spalletti seeks 'winning mentality'

Luciano Spalletti wants a “winning mentality,” but complained Inter were “too organised and lacking inspiration” against Genoa.

The Nerazzurri were pegged back for 87 minutes at San Siro, eventually grabbing the 1-0 victory thanks to Danilo D’Ambrosio’s header from a corner.

“Dead ball situations are a strength for us and an important option we can look to, which is what happened today, as it allowed us to win the game,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“Today we moved the ball around too slowly, but at least we did move as a team. It was an organised Inter, perhaps too organised, as we needed that flash of inspiration to break through and be unpredictable.

“We should’ve given Mauro Icardi some more unpredictable service. His qualities are in the penalty area, so we just have to trust he’ll turn the passes into gold. We are the team with the most crosses in Serie A this season, so the potential is there.

“In the first half, I asked D’Ambrosio to hold back and make sure we didn’t concede dangerous counter-attacks. Towards the end, we let him loose and he scored.

“Genoa worked very hard and in my view we could not have done better on the day. I always expect more, even when my lads put in a great performance, but we must find our limits and go beyond them.”

Inter have shown a habit of scoring last-gasp goals, including Tuesday’s penalty to hold Bologna 1-1.

“We must create this winning mentality that makes us feel that we can beat anyone. We are putting in the effort and the fans flocking to San Siro are creating a great atmosphere too.

“We have demanding fans and that is only right. If at times we don’t meet their standards, it’s fair that they point that out. We know that the fans love us, even when they might criticise or jeer.”

Inter are still unbeaten this season, but sit two points behind joint leaders Napoli and Juventus, so Spalletti was asked about the Scudetto race.

“There is a gap with Napoli and Juventus, but that’s to be expected, considering where we’re coming from. It’s tough to recreate a winning mentality after a poor campaign. There is always that fear of reality setting in.

“Napoli and Juventus have that mentality, so do Roma and Lazio, in my view. We also mustn’t underestimate Sampdoria and Torino, who are two strong sides.”