Saturday August 25 2018
Spalletti: 'Inter made right choices'

Luciano Spalletti has doubts over Radja Nainggolan’s fitness against Torino, but insists Inter “made the right choices” in the defeat to Sassuolo.

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The Nerazzurri started out targeting the Scudetto and considered the favourites to challenge Juventus for the top of the Serie A table, yet opened with a 1-0 defeat at Sassuolo.

“We can look back and recognise some things we did better than others, but we remain convinced we made the right choices against Sassuolo,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“During the match, we lacked the unity and confidence we had last year during the fight for fourth place. In order for new elements of our approach to work, we must also rely on those tried and tested certainties.

“I know my players and the way we train will sort everything out.”

Meanwhile, Walter Mazzarri’s Torino were only beaten by a last-gasp Edin Dzeko volley in the 1-0 loss to Roma.

“Toro always go out there with daggers drawn. We’ve got to do well to seek a victory, whether it’s pretty or not. We must be ready to go beyond the limits.

“This is a strong side and it is therefore our duty to have a strong season. I don’t know if we’re the main challengers to Juve, as first we must be the challengers to Roma and Napoli, seeing as they finished ahead of us last season.

“If we just evaluate the Sassuolo match, we’re not the main challengers to anyone, as we have to do better. We’ve got to take the initiative and carry that belief to bring the result home. We are in debt with our fans and they deserve more.”

Mauro Icardi seemed isolated even when supported by Lautaro Martinez, Matteo Politano and Kwadwo Asamoah.

“He has always been a great hitman with precise characteristics, but he can do even better. In my view, if he drops deep to dialogue with his teammates, he’ll create more problems for the opposition defenders.”

Radja Nainggolan missed the trip to Sassuolo with a muscular problem and could get his Inter debut tomorrow.

“Nainggolan is in the squad, but we have to be wary, because the supervision of the medical staff is crucial here. There are some risks and we’ll decide what to do.

“Milan Skriniar has recovered completely and Keita Balde is at our disposal. We’ve got to keep a strong balance in the team.”