Monday April 16 2018
Spalletti: No longer in our hands

Luciano Spalletti admits the Champions League is ‘no longer’ in Inter’s hands so ‘winning is our only objective’, starting against Cagliari on Tuesday.

A run of three games without a win have left Inter a point outside Serie A’s top four, and Spalletti demanded more ‘character’ and ‘goals’ from his team in their final six matches of the season.

"We’d built up a small advantage, but we’ve put it back into play,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“We can no longer manage anything in terms of the table. Winning is our only objective, even if I don’t know how many points will be needed to qualify for the Champions League.

“We’re still putting in decent performances, but goals make the difference: if you score, you can take three points.

“If you don’t score, you’re limited to one [point]. I expect us to move forward in terms of character.

“Our work is geared towards helping those who haven’t scored much. The other players have what it takes to score goals, besides Icardi and Perisic.

“There are only six games left, we all have to find new solutions and can’t wait for someone else to come up with them.

“However, I want to point out that only Juventus, Napoli and Lazio have scored more than us, while the Biancocelesti have conceded more: there’s always a balance.

“Drawing with Atalanta? Something was wrong in the first 20 minutes, but then we recovered. I don’t think the game could’ve gone much better.

“With a back three? I’m always calm, also with a four. For me, what’s in front of the defence is more important than its numerical composition.

“No Candreva with a three? I can play him closer to the forwards, and if one of him, Perisic and Rafinha miss out, we’d compensate with more width in defence.

“Roma? They have the Champions League but a better calendar too. Their comeback against Barcelona has also given them so much motivation.

“They took a leap forward in terms of mentality: now they can have their say against anyone.”

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