Frank de Boer “got angry” with his Inter players after recent defeats, but feels they’re starting to believe in his philosophy ahead of the Sampdoria trip.
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The run of three consecutive Serie A defeats was ended by a 2-1 win over Torino, but many papers continue to insist Laurent Blanc is waiting in the wings despite Suning Group publicly backing De Boer.
“It is always important when the club hierarchies back your philosophy. It gives reassurance not just to the Coach and fitness staff, but also the players, because every day they read stories that the next day we could be gone and it’s not good for the locker room atmosphere,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“It is very important that Suning publicly declare their faith in the project and the Coach. It’s a good project and philosophy, so the results will come.”
What of reports unemployed tacticians had approached Inter to offer themselves for his job?
“I can’t waste energy thinking about that. We must continue this approach and I saw good discipline against Southampton and Torino, but I want that to be consistent in every match and not just in one or two. We must understand this is our philosophy, we can be more compact in attack and the back, but the most important thing is to be united in every game.
“Tomorrow is another opportunity to show the fans, hey, we are a single team. When we play well, we always get a result. When my players realise that, we will certainly find consistency. It takes time, as it’s the first time many of them have played 4-3-3.
“Only by believing in this philosophy and working together we can also play good football. I think the players are realising that now.”
Marcelo Brozovic was frozen out for several weeks after a training ground row, but has now become a firm fixture in the midfield, especially during Gary Medel’s three-match ban.
“I treat everybody the same. This is the best reaction Brozovic could’ve given to me, because he knew he was wrong, showed regret and he was out of the squad for three weeks because what he did was quite heavy.
“All he could do was train well for three weeks, show he understood what I meant and then he could go back into the team. If your chance comes along, you have to grab it, and he has done that. Every player has the same possibility for me and that is why he’s playing three games in a row. I am very happy with his reaction.
“Geoffrey Kondogbia has an injury, not serious but bad enough to not be called up tomorrow. He was doing better, but can do more.”
De Boer has been accused of being too nice on the players, especially after performances like the defeat to Atalanta. Does he get angry with them?
“Yes, I was very angry after the Atalanta game. We explained before the match how we wanted to play, but instead we had huge spaces between the midfielders and forwards. It was very different to how we approached Torino, a difference of a good 10-15 metres.
“I was very angry during half-time in Bergamo and also at the final whistle. Only after the break did they do what I asked. I saw a totally different team in the second half. I also saw a good response against Torino.”