«My best season»- Corriere.it
Inzaghi proves to be a master of the finals: «We took the wrong approach, but we stayed in the game. Lautaro? Excellent". Then the coach manages the bad moods of Dzeko and Calhanoglu called back to the bench
ROME They have already won so many cups, the specialists Simone Inzaghi and Lautaro Martinez, who can spend the days between now and the Champions League final in Istanbul mirroring themselves in each of them. And, like the witch of fairy tales, asking who is the strongest in the realm. Inzaghi or Guardiola, this Lautaro of 101 Nerazzurri goals or that Haaland of 52 goals (so far) in 50 seasonal games: now the only answer that matters is this. From Rome to Byzantium, it will be an exciting but very complicated journey, so it's right for Inter to really enjoy this sweet night and the Coppa Italia brace that has been missing since 2011. A trophy, won with some thrills, which goes hand in hand with the January Super Cup, raised in Riyadh against Milan.
«I'm happy – smiles Simone Inzaghi -. We won a trophy that we wanted again after last year's success. And we did it against a valuable team, which worried us a lot. Also because we took the wrong approach, which we usually don't do. But we stayed in the game and completed the comeback: now we want to play our best, in the league and then in Istanbul. Lautaro? He was very good, like all of his teammates ».
Among the tricolor confetti of the Olimpico, Inzaghi raises his seventh national trophy (thus including the Super Cups) out of eight finals played as a coach, not counting the one as a player. He only lost the first, in his time with Lazio against Juventus, then he never missed one again, as an outsider or a favorite he makes no difference. In view of the unequal clash with Manchester City, Inter arrives with a largely positive balance (barring sensational slip-ups towards the Champions area) and its coach — which was "100% confirmed" first by President Zhang, then by the CEO. Marotta and finally also by himself — can look at the «dream come true» (as Marotta himself defined it yesterday) with serenity. And above all with an avid centre-forward, who lifted the World Cup six months ago and now in eight minutes and with a second volley goal against Boninsegna, has also overturned Fiorentina, reaching 27 goals.
«I'm honestly excited and delighted - says the Argentinean Bull after hugging Inzaghi's youngest son, also a striker in the Nerazzurri youth team -. We have been bringing back trophies to this great club for a couple of years and we must continue like this. I wanted to raise another Cup, because this is what this sport is all about: to win. Is it my best season? I want to continue like this, giving my contribution, to win again».
Even today that goals come much easier than in the early spring crisis, Inzaghi does not forget the dark moments, widely evoked even before this final. Simone the striker did it and that's why he wanted to nip the hot spirits of Dzeko, unhappy about sitting on the bench too soon. More difficult to succeed with Calhanoglu, who also hisses his disappointment at the substitution, confirming an environment "that cares a lot" as explained on the eve of captain Handanovic, who left the imprints of his gloves on the trophy of a probable farewell . Lautaro, on the other hand, is the head ultra from the sidelines, in the very tight finale. And then he embraces Inzaghi. It's Coppa therapy, sure. But also of this pair of specialists.
May 24, 2023 (change May 24, 2023 | 23:52)
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