Sunday March 18 2018
Spalletti: 'Compliments guarantee defeat'

Luciano Spalletti hints his harsh criticism of Inter last week was to prompt a reaction, as they thumped Sampdoria 5-0. “I know what guarantees defeat.”

The Nerazzurri ran riot at Marassi with Mauro Icardi bagging four goals, but it was a total turnaround from the 0-0 draw with Napoli.

After that match, Spalletti had complained his team lacked “quality” and he couldn’t make them play any better. Was that a bit of reverse psychology?

“The aim of my words was to prompt the players to do something more and give them the strength that I believe they have,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“I don’t know what guarantees victory, but I do know what guarantees defeat and that is complimenting players regardless of what they actually do.

“I liked the way the team interpreted the game today against a difficult opponent, who move the ball quickly and showed their quality in moments.

“We allowed Sampdoria nothing today and the collective worked. We played as a team and wanted the victory at all costs.”

A performance like this has to make Inter fans think what might’ve been, as they threw away a Scudetto challenge with a dismal run.

“There’s no point having regrets over what has already been, as we’ve already lost too much time. It’s better to focus on the next match and play it like this.

“We knew when to wait and when to leap on our opponents, and that made us suffer less than in other circumstances. Plus today any ball that found its way into the box was accompanied by that good luck that comes from enthusiasm.”

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