Sunday July 16 2017
Zenga: 'Spalletti not right for Inter'

Walter Zenga doesn’t believe Luciano Spalletti is the right man for Inter, sees excess Milan pressure and urges Francesco Totti to “learn from Monchi.”

The former goalkeeper has been a Coach in Romania, Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Dubai and most recently at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“I have taken time out to reflect,” the 57-year-old said in the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

“The most important thing after the disappointments of Sampdoria and Wolverhampton was to take time and reflect on some errors. Football can spit you out in a nanosecond, but pick you back up again too. We’ll see what happens.”

Zenga never disguised he wanted the Inter job, having spent much of his playing career at San Siro, but is unimpressed with new Coach Spalletti.

“It’s mid-July, so still early, but the agitation of Inter fans is understandable. Last year they spent a lot of money, but many players failed to live up to expectations. Now Inter are forced to buy and get results. They need a big signing to bring back enthusiasm after Milan’s spending spree.

“I don’t know that Spalletti is the right man for the job, but after Inter-Roma I said all the ex-Interisti had spent a week discussing it on TV. I hope that now he can appreciate all the work done by the ex-Interisti.”

Milan have dominated the transfer market by signing the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Franck Kessie, Andre Silva, Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu and Lucas Biglia.

“If they get a striker too, then Vincenzo Montella will be practically obliged to win and that’s not easy. The expectations are rising.

“I won’t believe Bonucci is a Milan player until I see him on the pitch. It’s a huge coup in technical terms, but a shock to the system.

“The real challenger to Juventus is Napoli, a very strong side with three years of foundations already in place. Their football has been very entertaining, but they won zero titles, as my friend Jose Mourinho would say. The time has come for Maurizio Sarri to win, too.”

Totti has retired from his playing career at the age of 40 and Zenga has some advice as he begins a new adventure in the Roma staff.

“At these levels he needs to learn at least one foreign language, to realise that the world is not just his back garden in Rome. Learning from a teacher like Monchi is an intelligent choice.”

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