Walter Mazzarri saw an impressive Inter crush Udinese 3-0, above all an improvement on their away approach.
“It was one of our best performances of the season, also taking into account the quality of the opponents,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“We also did very well against Fiorentina and Juventus, but were eager to come here and play as if we were on home turf. That’s what I try to drill into my players, that the venue is irrelevant.
“We still need to improve on how we control the ball when in the lead, as we still tend to show off a little too much and that can compromise results.
“We’ve got to take our chances to kill off games, although this was an improvement from the 1-1 with Atalanta, as we were able to press them high.”
Ricky Alvarez has gone into a deeper role now, moving Fredy Guarin into the ‘hole’ behind Rodrigo Palacio.
“Guarin has some wonderful skills and I always tell him he has to keep plugged in for 95 minutes. He needs to keep the ball when we’re under pressure.
“I can only praise Alvarez, as he works with quality and quantity. He’s doing extraordinary things at the moment.
“You can see Esteban Cambiasso is a great player and has a sense of position, as when there were errors he’d always be in the right place at the right time to clean up. He’s back to being the player I remember seeing under Jose Mourinho.”
Mazzarri was asked whether Inter will invest heavily in the January transfer market when new owner Erick Thohir takes over.
“I haven’t spoken to the new majority shareholder. He sent a letter to say he admires me, but I always spoke to President Massimo Moratti or the directors.
“Throughout my career I have said there’s no point getting new players in mid-season unless they are a big reinforcement to what is already there.”
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