Wednesday March 13 2019
Spalletti: No Inter excuses

Inter boss Luciano Spalletti says his side cannot have any excuses when they face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.

Inter will be without Mauro Icardi, Radja Nainggolan, Lautaro Martinez, Kwadwo Asamoah and Miranda for the visit of Frankfurt, whom they held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

However, Spalletti told a Press conference: “Complaining about absences won’t make us qualify.

“Us coaches must inspire our squads, and that’ll be the case again. We have everyone we need to win the game.

“Keita is fine, Brozovic has been called up and will be on the bench. We’re at a very important point of the season.

“We have to think about the match against Eintracht, not Milan or rest of the season. We’ll get there with what it takes.

“Matches are won by those who are there. There must be no psychological tricks. There are times when you have to put in something extra, and tomorrow is one of them.

“From now on I expect something super, something extra on an individual level. We need even better performances than those we’ve had so far.

“Having to win at all costs doesn’t change anything. We have to stay focused on the game.

“Important decisions must be made because now, either you’re in or you’re out. It’s times like this when you need experience because in the first leg, the knowledge we gained from previous European matches helped us.

“Our players need to be shrewd, clever and mature. We need resilience, staying focused for a long time, without becoming complacent, struggling or being repetitive.

“Perisic can run and has physical strength. He gives you a hand by stretching the play. Unfortunately he was fatigued during the first leg and failed to give his best.

“I hope these days of recovery will help him give his best. I hope he can play freely because his contribution is crucial, like that of others, but he has more quality to give.

“He’s technical, resistant, good at getting past his man, good at coming back and he’s good positionally.

“Someone like Perisic allows his teammate to understand where to apply more force and where to give something.

“It’ll be a difficult game and we’ll have to be very careful so we don’t concede goals but show character. We had a good first half in Frankfurt.

“The path we’ll take is this: we must be aggressive from the first kick.”

Juventus came back from 2-0 down against Atletico Madrid to reach the Champions League quarter-finals, so will the Nerazzurri take any tips from that result?

“Juve had a truly great game,” added Spalletti.

“Allegri did a great job. If we have to take something from them, I’d say we must nab their character in games that count, giving something more without being intimidated by the exceptional nature of the event.”

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