Simone Inzaghi had praise for Juventus after the Supercoppa Italiana went to 120 minutes, but felt Inter ‘deserved’ to lift the trophy for the first time since 2010. ‘Beating them is never easy.’

This is the tactician’s third Supercoppa after two with Lazio, but it is also his first trophy on the Inter bench.

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The Nerazzurri hadn’t won the Supercoppa Italiana since the Treble in 2010, but followed up their Scudetto title by winning at San Siro and it is their sixth edition of the Supercup.

Lautaro Martinez’s penalty had cancelled out the early Weston McKennie header and it was seemingly going into a penalty shoot-out when Alexis Sanchez pounced on an Alex Sandro defensive error.

After 120 minutes and the trophy celebrations, precious little was left of Inzaghi’s voice.

“We faced a strong team that played like Juve. They didn’t create many chances, as we did well, but the victory was deserved against a great opponent,” Inzaghi told Sport Mediaset.

They had come out fighting in the opening 10 minutes only to go behind against the run of play.

“Juve were always in the game, they allowed us possession, but we saw beating them is never easy. I had some fortunate previous experiences against them in the Supercoppa, we won the first trophy in front of our fans, so I am very happy.”

Curiously, Inzaghi has beaten Juventus in two Finals in charge of Lazio, the Supercoppa and the Coppa Italia, so this is his third.

Alexis Sanchez coming off the bench to get the winner shows the strength in depth at Inzaghi’s disposal.

“Everyone wants to play. Roberto Gagliardini was one of the best against Lazio at the weekend, but he didn’t get a minute today, so I have to make choices.

“Lautaro Martinez and Dzeko had worked so hard, Vidal made an impact and Dimarco was crucial for the goal. We wanted at all costs to win, because Inter hadn’t got the Supercoppa since 2010 and 12 years is frankly too long for these fans.”

Inter President Steven flew in over the weekend from China and celebrated with the squad as they lifted the trophy on the pitch at San Siro this evening.

“He was very happy. He congratulated us, the lads as always were really pleased and said they’d like a prize! I think the President will give it to them.”

10 thought on “Inzaghi: ‘Inter deserved Supercoppa against a strong Juve’”
  1. Gosh, Inter hadn’t won a Supercoppa since 2010? They have really been atrocious for 10 years. If it wasn’t for the injection into the club of Juventus DNA and stalwarts Conte and Marotta, they still be mid-table dross. I’m sure it won’t take Juve over 10 years to win another one. Given where the respective sides are on the table and Juve’s injury issues, it still took Inter 120 minutes to win the game due to a poor defensive error by, not surprisingly, Alex deadwood Sandro.

  2. Juventus havent won a european title in 26 years. Federico Chiesa wasnt even born last time Juve won anything in Europe.

    Keep crying and enjoy the champions.

  3. That dive by Dzeko was arguably even more pathetic than the ones by Barella and Bastoni in the first half. The way he has dived to the ground, whilst seemingly collapsing…WOW.

  4. Non-Inter fans seem to think Inter have never had injuries – Ronaldo, Vieri – even Handanovic 2 years ago when Championship was lost by 1 point. Milan & Juventus fans seem to think that they have a monopoly of injuries.

  5. Your forgetting inter is the only team to not be relegated. And mckennie scored on a defensive error as well a deflection off inters defender. And juve won nothing in europe for 26 years and now they are getting caught for all the corruption behind the scene thats how they had all this money its all catching up to them now

  6. Crankie do not be jealous that young Inzaghi has always played attractive football and was yet again another Marotta masterstroke. Now go enjoy slow ball with PhD Max.

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