Sunday September 14 2014
Mazzarri: 'Ideal Inter football'

Walter Mazzarri said Inter played “the ideal of football” in their 7-0 demolition job on Sassuolo.

The Coach was injured, as he slipped on the locker room stairs yesterday and fractured a metacarpal bone in his left hand.

“My hand is fine, thank you,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I have to be careful that waving my arms around with this cast I don’t break the other one too!”

The Nerazzurri failed to find the net in their opening 0-0 draw at Torino, but made up for it by crushing Sassuolo 7-0 today.

“We had already ended last season with this style of football, though a few players have changed. I said during the week that the wide midfielders had to pressure quickly and push forward, be aggressive, as that is the football I like.

“Playing in this way and with this tempo is the ideal of football in my view. We hope to continue like this.

“Our objective is to always maintain this attitude, determination and aggression on the field. We need to be fast, move the ball around quickly and not give our opponents the time to think.”

Mateo Kovacic scored a goal and provided several assists, as the Croatia international has finally settled into Serie A.

“For a while now he has understood how to play in Italian football, so he defends and attacks when needed, covering runs and going to get the ball, pressuring opponents.

“Medel was also fantastic today and to attack with six players we need someone like him to protect the defence. He provides balance.

“If the entire team plays this way and contributes, then we can use this system against the biggest clubs. I’m sorry we keep beating them 7-0, but Sassuolo are a very good side.

“I am more optimistic this year because many of the lads have already known me for 12 months and therefore have a better concept of my ideas. The lads are motivated and I am convinced this side has the right spirit.”