Thursday August 28 2014
Mazzarri congratulates Kovacic

Walter Mazzarri praised Mateo Kovacic and his Inter side for “never letting our guard down” against Stjarnan.

The Nerazzurri won 6-0 at San Siro, going through to the Europa League 9-0 on aggregate.

“The game was pretty much over at 2-0, then was almost like a friendly,” the Coach told Sport Mediaset.

“Stjarnan lost intensity and courage. We started well and I was interested to see how we’d react with our heads and our legs.

“We never lowered our guard and that attitude must remain throughout the season. I’m also happy with Daniel Osvaldo’s fitness levels, Mauro Icardi’s attitude and also Hernanes.”

Kovacic was the undoubted star of the show, as he has never previously scored for Inter and got a hat-trick in one night.

“Kovacic was rewarded for his perseverance. This lad is growing exactly the way we hoped, is becoming consistent and putting his talents to the service of the team.”

Mazzarri was asked about President Erick Thohir confirming talks with PSG for Ezequiel Lavezzi.

“I do not talk about the market. I only talk about the game. Of course I have a great rapport with Lavezzi and there’s mutual respect. I helped him when I arrived at Napoli, where we won the Coppa Italia and did well in the Champions League.”

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