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