Inter, Inzaghi: "We need clarity on the Juve penalty, but for now I'm looking at the standings"
On the eve of the championship match at home with Juventus, Simone Inzaghi clarified in a press conference that Gosens, Skriniar and Bastoni will not be there. He complimented the opponents, "a great team, to be respected a lot, which sometimes waits for you and sometimes comes to get you, and which must be faced carefully". And he expressed a wish, in reference to the 15 penalty points decided by the sports justice for the bianconeri, which could however be revoked: “I hope for everyone that clarity will be clarified as soon as possible. I look at the standings now. There are bodies in charge that will have to decide”.
Inzaghi's revenge, Marotta's messages, Zhang's charge: the other side of victory
by Franco Vanni
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As a result of the penalty, Juve arrive at San Siro from seventh in the standings, with 38 points. Inter are alone in second place at an altitude of 50, 18 points away from leaders Napoli and undermined by Lazio, Milan and Rome. By winning against Juventus – who if they get back the 15 points that were taken away from them would be at 53 – Inter would strengthen themselves in the Champions League area, regardless of future decisions of the sports justice, and would continue the qualification for the quarter-finals reached in Porto. “The qualification obtained is a great pride. There is tiredness. The injuries as well. But we know what tomorrow's match means for us, for the club and for the fans. Both we and Juve are doing well, we have achieved important results in Europe. It will be a game of running, intensity and determination. Mental preparation will be very important.”
Inter, Inzaghi: "Deserved qualification for the quarter-finals. I know where the criticisms come from and when to listen to them"
Setting up for a fiery April
Returning to the match lost in Spezia, in the previous round of the championship, Inzaghi analyzed: “We know that we have to improve. A lot of goals are conceded when you have the ball." And on the fluctuating performance of his Inter, which wins difficult matches on paper and then misses easy ones, he said: "After important matches, it is a fact that we have had declines and this, looking at the month of April that awaits us, requires attention. Of those competing for the Champions League, we'll be the busiest in April, so we'll need to improve." However, looking at his entire Inter period, the balance is positive: “I am very satisfied with what we have done in 18 months. We know we have made an excellent journey in the Champions League and that we could have done more in the league. But it's up to us to go further."
Speaking of individual players, after counting the unavailable players, Inzaghi focused on Lukaku: “Romelu is increasing his playing time. He was very important for the goal in the Champions League. In Spezia he played ninety minutes plus added time. I am very happy with him. Correa is also training very well. We will have 16 games between now and hopefully there will be a few more. I'll need all the players." Looking at Juve, he answered a question about Di Maria's importance in Allegri's team: “We all know what kind of player he is. A great champion. Even with Kean and Vlahovic he is still an excellent Juve. They have players who they can move at any moment."
The criticisms to be received and the harmful ones
Inzaghi returned to the words he had said in Porto, after qualifying, when piqued he had spoken of the need to "say some things in due time". A cryptic response to the criticisms that have rained down on him in the last period: “Mine was not an outburst in Porto. My biggest concern is working every day for the good of Inter. There are always criticisms. It is then up to us to understand which criticisms are to be accepted and which are not ”, he said. Finally, a consideration on the fact that Italy leads six teams to the quarterfinals of the European cups. “We needed qualifications. Milan, Naples and Inter deserved it. Even Roma and Juve. Florentine. We must continue. The better Italy does in Europe, the better it is for our movement”.