Frank De Boer claims Inter “formed a block” in the locker room. “When I tried to play position-based football… The Ajax youth players did better.”
He was brought in to replace Roberto Mancini two weeks before the 2016-17 season began and lasted until the end of October.
The Dutch tactician was also then hired and fired by Crystal Palace this term, but insists San Siro was a worse experience.
“I had more complications in Italy and it wasn’t just because of the language, but also the way of transmitting my messages and my ideas,” De Boer told Ziggo Sport in the Netherlands.
“Our way of thinking is much more similar to England, whereas at Inter it was all based on sentiment. They formed a block of seven or eight players and the rest try to knock them out.
“It was a bit chaotic, everyone did what they wanted. When I tried to make Inter play position-based football, well… I’d never seen anything like it. Youth team players at Ajax did it better.
“I didn’t expect that to happen. Even in training, they gave up on the routines very early and didn’t see the point of them.”