Inter-Milan, Inzaghi at the press conference for the derby

The Nerazzurri coach on the eve of the derby: “Milan is a unique professional. In a derby like this you need head and heart”

From our correspondent Andrea Ramazzotti

February 4th
– Appiano Gentile (Como)

With the new sponsor of the training kit and the pre-match (Leovegas) on the front of the shirt worn during the conference, Simone Inzaghi spoke about tomorrow night’s derby warning his team. The risk not to run is to underestimate a Milan back from negative results and many goals conceded. “The derby is a very heartfelt match for all of us – he explained – and we’ll need head and heart. We arrive ready to give everything on the pitch and happy with the qualification for the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia”.


Simone is in his seventh derby: in the league he has never managed to beat the Rossoneri (one draw and two knockouts), while between the Italian Cup and the Super Cup he only smiled: “The derbies are separate games and, like those in the cups, they allowed us to win two important trophies, those in Serie A gave us disappointment starting with the draw in my first derby, when we also missed a penalty.Tomorrow’s challenge will be faced with the right concentration: we need to be balanced, otherwise we risk to arrive at the match with little mental energy. I don’t expect a subdued Milan, but a Milan that will have a great desire to play a good derby. It’s a formation that I respect a lot.”


On February 5, 2022, Milan won from behind thanks to Giroud’s brace. Inzaghi doesn’t think that derby left any aftermath in the Nerazzurri’s minds: “I don’t remember the derby 15 days ago and I don’t remember the one a year ago… Derbies are matches decided by single episode and, knowing that we will be facing a Milan with a great spirit of revenge, we’ll have to be careful. They’re in a bad moment, but they’re the Italian champions and they’ve reached the Champions League round of 16 after a long time. Attention”.


Compared to 12 months ago, the derby will be valid for the Champions League and not for the Italian flag. Merit of Naples that flies. For Inzaghi, however, the difference isn’t much: “For us, nothing changes as far as the single match is concerned. Every point is very important to bring Napoli closer and detach their pursuers. We will only look at what happens at Inter and we will always give our best.” until the last day. It will be the third derby of the season, the seventh since I’ve been here. I learned that these are matches that live on the episode, which can change based on a restart, a decision by a coach or the referee. That’s why I expect the team to leave everything aside and try to turn the challenge around.”


There is no doubt about the use of the Slovak who signed for PSG from the first minute: “I don’t judge his choices and I only think of the man and the player who are both unique. Milan is a splendid boy who works well every day, right from when he’s with me. The non-renewal? Certain things happen in football and you need to get used to it. Most likely it will be from the match. The armband? We have hierarchies based on appearances. Skriniar will no longer be the captain due to what happened. Our the captain is Handanovic and we’ll go down based on attendance. But now I’m interested in the match: everyone wants to make a great derby.”


Final with an overview of the other singles: “In my opinion Lukaku played a great game against Atalanta: the more time went by, the more he improved. I hope to bring all the players to a condition that allows them to field them from the first minute. Romelu is growing, ditto Correa. I also hope to recover Brozovic and Handanovic. Then I will make the most functional choices in the match. Rome stopped twice, but after the injury he works to be able to help us. The last few weeks have been very positive and we hope that can help us. Do I see him excited and not at all nervous about the future? I talk to him, not about his future: the boy is very sorry for not having given his contribution, but from here to the end we hope there will be no more slowdowns. Lautaro He’s been playing like this for an abundant year, not since the World Cup… In the last 12 months he’s had a very constant performance and he deserved it for the availability he’s had with me and my staff. last to To date he has maintained great levels of performance and we hope he can continue like this.”