Luciano Spalletti assures the 4-0 victory over Genoa has “fixed everything” from Mauro Icardi’s return to their route towards the Champions League.
The striker made his comeback for the first time since he was stripped of the captaincy on February 13 and the knee injury saga began, complete with Spalletti’s statement on Sunday that it was “humiliating we should negotiate with a player to get him to pull on the Inter jersey.”
That all seemed to be in the past this evening, as Icardi started the match, got Cristian Romero sent off to earn and convert a penalty, then provided the assist for Ivan Perisic.
“The team put in a great performance and created the conditions to win the game like a mature squad,” Spalletti told DAZN.
“These are three fundamental points for our campaign. We dropped points against Lazio on Sunday and wasted a golden opportunity, but with this victory, we have fixed everything.
“There are games where everything goes against you, then moments and reflections, the need to take important positions, and sharpness at the end of all that brings the just rewards.”
However, Spalletti immediately went back to the criticism he already had for Icardi before the exile.
“Icardi needs to get into the game more and work with the team on the field. If you give, you receive. If you build the play with only nine outfield players instead of 10, you have less chance of scoring. In any case, Icardi had a great game, with his usual character.
“This is a difficult moment for lots of teams and the difference will be made by sharpness, being able to reorganise depending on circumstances.
“We lacked patience against Lazio, as we were too frenetic and left ourselves open to the counter. We faced Genoa with the right balance, Marcelo Brozovic was commanding in midfield and must keep moving the ball.”