Saturday September 9 2017
Spalletti: 'Inter have to win'

Luciano Spalletti asked Inter to “repay the confidence” of fans at San Siro against Spal and celebrates Ivan Perisic’s new contract.

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“It’s not difficult to prepare a game after a break for international duty,” insisted the Coach in his Press conference.

“They need to give us a contribution as internationals and remember what they can do.”

Spal Coach Leonardo Semplici noted it was no coincidence a quarter of the Serie A sides this season have a Tuscan tactician at the helm.

“I compliment Semplici for what he created, but also all the others who managed to take this club back into Serie A for the first time since I was a child and collected Panini stickers.

“There are a few advantages to being from Tuscany, as there is always rivalry even between neighbourhoods and you are in constant challenges. There are also many clubs there and a good opportunity to gain experience.

“In football there is a law: presumptuous people are always punished and consequently nobody presumes they are the best. There is a club working hard behind the scenes and putting us in a position to give our best.

“I am glad that people compared me to Jose Mourinho, because it is partly thanks to him that tomorrow there will be 60,000 people in the stands. It’s a chance to prove we belong as an extension of that winning Inter side. The fans come here to express their confidence and we must repay them for that.

“The credit for all these fans isn’t to us, but to Massimo Moratti, Mourinho, Walter Zenga, Tarcisio Burgnich, Giacinto Facchetti, Esteban Cambiasso, Samuel Eto’o, Ronaldo, Beppe Bergomi, Marco Materazzi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diego Milito…

“We all contribute. Nobody might remember Roberto Gagliardini’s tackles, but if there are no tackles, you cannot set up a goal. We’ve got to find out what kind of team we are and what we’re going to create. If a player thinks he can give 10, I want him to give 12 or at least never dip below his maximum threshold.

“There is a very long way to go. Don’t forget, we’re not on the tarmac preparing to get on the plane for a Champions League fixture – we’re at home with our feet up watching on TV.”

This week, Ivan Perisic signed a new contract with Inter, resisting offers from Manchester United and Chelsea.

“The club did well, as we consider Perisic to be a great player and a great guy,” continued Spalletti.

“They created this sense of calm, as they consider him a future captain of Inter. Ivan has incredible quality, he always stays behind in the evening to do extra training work in the gym. We expect a lot from him, he is the complete player on both flanks. We saw a tape where he sprinted 100 metres just to help out a teammate.

“We expect to see more of that sort of thing.”

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