Sunday January 27 2019
Spalletti: 'If Perisic wants out...'

Luciano Spalletti explained his tactical changes as Inter lost to Torino and “if Ivan Perisic doesn’t want to play, he’ll be left out. It’s not a problem for me.”

Armando Izzo’s header decided the 1-0 result at Torino, meaning Inter have managed one point and zero goals in their two Serie A games of 2019.

However, the match was overshadowed by director Beppe Marotta’s confirmation that Perisic has put in a transfer request, as Arsenal are interested.

“It’s quite simple. Players can say what they want, but they are employees, they have signed contracts and in order to leave, they need someone willing to pay for them,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“You can’t leave for free and with your salary paid by someone else. If, as Marotta said, he doesn’t want to play, then clearly he’ll be left out. That’s not a problem for me.

“Someone who cannot contribute to the team has to stay out.”

Benching Perisic was also one of the reasons for the change in formation to 3-5-2 against Walter Mazzarri’s Torino.

“I changed the wingers with two strikers, because I didn’t have many wingers at my disposal. Perisic is indisposed, we risked Matteo Politano at the end because he wasn’t well, while Keita is out.

“We made a different choice, based on physicality and not losing individual duels, so we could create chances for the front two. We got a couple of situations wrong, then when Toro clammed up after the goal, it became more difficult.

“Now we’ve got to get the team back in order based on the tactical principles we ha. We need everyone to do their job, because we were too sluggish in the tackles.”

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