Luciano Spalletti was “happy” with the 0-0 draw against Atalanta, as he saw a good performance from Inter and “a determined approach from both teams.”
The stalemate at San Siro means Inter can increase their lead over fourth place to five points, while Atalanta catch Milan in the final Champions League spot.
“It was a determined approach from both teams and good to see so much fair play on the field,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“Ivan Perisic had a rough start, but slowly got warmed up and did what he had to do. Every now and then, we get a little chaotic in possession and do not always make logical decisions. Simplicity might seem cheap, but it’s what you need to create spaces.”
It was Icardi’s first game at San Siro since the six-week exile and he had the best chance of the game, one-on-one with Pierluigi Gollini, but Spalletti refused to bite.
“I’ve spoken about Mauro too much, as has everyone, so I want to talk about Inter. Icardi has to do well, come back and combine with the midfielders, as did more so today, and run for the team, as all complete strikers do.
“I focus more on the performance than the result. I am relaxed if the team is playing good football, so I don’t just want to score a goal to get the job done. The team played well today, so I am happy.”
Marcelo Brozovic limped off with a suspected thigh strain just 20 minutes in.
“We’ll have to see what the tests say, but he certainly won’t be there for the next game.”