Sunday February 11 2018
Spalletti: 'Inter expectations too high'

Luciano Spalletti felt “expectations were unduly raised” by Inter’s strong start to the season and had advice for Yann Karamoh and Marcelo Brozovic.

The Nerazzurri were without a victory in eight rounds and on the verge of setting a new negative club record when beating nine-man Bologna 2-1.

“Overcoming these moments is not easy. We started very strong this season with an incredible run of results, so expectations were unduly raised,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium after leapfrogging Lazio into third place.

“Today we did really well. We took the lead, there was an error for the equaliser and the ghosts of games past approached us again. We had a good second half, but didn’t make the most of the extra man and were a little too timid on the ball. Considering the situation, we were exceptional.”

Spalletti surprised everyone by dropping Antonio Candreva for Karamoh and the 19-year-old scored the winning goal.

“He did really well, he has this great pace and technique to shake things up. At other times, he takes a break and if the others pass it around well, we lose the balance of the team. He scored a wonderful goal.”

Brozovic was substituted and reacted to jeers from the crowd by sarcastically applauding the fans.

“When you ask us if we will punish players, it doesn’t work like that. Coach and club have to lay down clear and recognisable rules, so who doesn’t respect them effectively drops himself. That’s not because I am punishing him, but because the player doesn’t stay within the rules.

“From what I could see, he was applauding even those who jeered him, but I’ll go back and watch it again. I choose who is in the squad. Those who are out have done it all themselves.

“I tried to ask something different from the team this week, with Ivan Perisic on the left and that’ll be his role in future. It’s then about keeping a balance, but after a while we got out of shape, didn’t press their central defenders and the midfielders were too distant from the full-backs. We reshuffled and it went better.”

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