Spalletti delighted by Inter’s second half performance against SPAL


Luciano Spalletti spoke to the media in the aftermath of Inter’s comfortable 2-0 victory over SPAL this afternoon. Here is what he had to say: “Despite our absences, 11 players worthy of Inter headed out onto the pitch today. We struggled a bit with the emotions at the start and this must not happen. We knew we had to win and once our fire started to burn inside then we broke the deadlock and went on to win. We were a bit timid and insecure during the first half. The lads had a different conviction after our second goal and we were back in possession of our characteristics. In the second half, I could see what we were really about.

“I know my players well and at times we’re held back by our emotions. We need the courage to make choices. Dalbert, for example, will become a great player. He struggled during the first half, but after the interval he dominated his left-hand side. We’re here to win whilst wearing this shirt. We have to achieve this because only by doing this can you be a part of Inter.

“Lautaro put in a great performance up front, full of both strength and character. Gagliardini and Politano both scored great goals, with impressive control and finishing. The fans? The Interisti are always extraordinary, they’re our fixed starters out on the pitch.”

Goalscorer Politano also had his say on proceedings at San Siro, where more than 60,000 fans watched Inter mark their 111th anniversary with a win: “We knew that it would be a difficult match today because we would set up very deep and defensive. Therefore, it was important to break the deadlock and get the win.

“We now have two important matches ahead of us and we’ll start preparing for them as of tomorrow. I’m pleased with my goal and I must now continue on this path. The important thing now is to recover. A change in formation? We’ve tried it in training and we’ve grown accustomed to it. As always, we must thank the fans. The San Siro is a true spectacle for every match.”

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