Wednesday October 3 2018
Spalletti: 'Icardi an animal'

Luciano Spalletti was pleased with Inter’s approach to PSV Eindhoven and called Mauro Icardi “an animal in the box.”

Once again, the Nerazzurri went behind in the Champions League only to fight back and win 2-1 in Eindhoven with Radja Nainggolan and Icardi.

“If you give space to PSV, they are a strong side with players who are great in the air, so we tried to choose the right moment to press them,” explained the Coach to Sky Sport Italia.

“We did pretty well. We have to compliment Radja Nainggolan, as he looked back to his old levels tonight. He had this injury in pre-season that really slowed his progress.

“We could’ve played a few balls better rather than keep going backwards. There were moments where we didn’t make the most of the opportunities to push forward.

“Having said that, we tried to keep the game further away from our goal and avoid too many counter-attacks, because Hirving Lozano is excellent at that.”

Icardi was on target for his second Champions League game in a row.

“Mauro has some precise characteristics. He has no weaknesses in finishing, he’s just perfect. At times, such as in the second half, he needs to focus more on coming back and helping the midfield, the way he did towards the end of the game.

“When he wants to, he knows how to seem taller and stronger than he really is. He needs to do that more often. Plus, of course, he’s an animal in the box.”

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