Sunday February 3 2019
Spalletti: 'Inter are behind me'

Luciano Spalletti insists Inter are still behind him and he doesn’t feel “in the balance” after a 1-0 defeat to Bologna. “We lack character.”

Federico Santander scored the decisive header at San Siro, meaning the Nerazzurri have picked up one point from three Serie A games in 2019.

“A few things irritated me, but for the rest we’ll wait until the usual post-match analysis tomorrow morning,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We looked intimidated and create problems for ourselves, even when there is no need. When there is insecurity, you make a mistake and the other team scores straight away.

“If you don’t have a strong character to match the history of the club and the stadium, you can’t react. Perhaps in that sense we have struggled the most. I thought that we had built the foundations at least, but instead we make really basic mistakes.”

Spalletti was asked if the team was still following him 100 per cent.

“I believe so. It’s all about the details and an incident that can go your way or not. After that, keep the right balance on the field, without trying to win the match by yourself or force the ball through. You can tell the team is behind me, but we lack something in the fight. The others fight harder than we do.”

Does the Coach expect Inter to publicly back him amid rumours of a dismissal?

“This would probably help someone who was in the balance. It changes nothing for me, nor the type of work I have to do.

“It is nothing new, being jeered by the fans, as I’ve experienced it a few times in my career. When you pay the price of the ticket, you have the right to demand something different, especially if the team is called Inter.”

Throwing on defender Andrea Ranocchia as a centre-back seemed almost desperate, as Inter haven’t scored in any of their last three Serie A games.

“We tried to get the ball in the box late on and I wanted to make the most of his aerial capabilities. He did manage to knock a few down, but there weren’t enough other bodies in the box.”

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