Joao Mario: ‘De Boer language gap’

Inter midfielder Joao Mario believes that the language barrier 'was the main problem' with previous Coach Frank de Boer.

The Nerazzurri have improved under new boss Stefano Pioli and the 23-year-old insists that the Italian is more adept at getting his ideas across to the squad.

"I think our difficulties are normal because we changed Coach just before the season started," the Portugal international told Tuttosport. "It’s useless however, to continue to look to the past.

Inter midfielder Joao Mario believes that the language barrier 'was the main problem' with previous Coach Frank de Boer.

The Nerazzurri have improved under new boss Stefano Pioli and the 23-year-old insists that the Italian is more adept at getting his ideas across to the squad.

"I think our difficulties are normal because we changed Coach just before the season started," the Portugal international told Tuttosport. "It’s useless however, to continue to look to the past.

"It’s hard to say what was wrong under De Boer, because in football, whenever things go wrong, it’s the Coach that pays the price.

"Now that we have an Italian Coach I have realised that one of the difficulties in the previous regime was the language barrier. "

"In fact, maybe it was the main problem. De Boer had good ideas, but he failed to transmit them to the team as Pioli does today."

What has Pioli brought to the team in particular?

"It’s easy to say the first thing is the language, but it is not just a minor detail.

"Moreover, Pioli knows Serie A very well and has better understanding of the direction he is going in, the things that are improving game by game.

"If Inter have spent so much on me it is because they believe in my abilities. I try not to think about my transfer value, I want to help the club to achieve results.

"I have to repay the trust that the club has shown in me and investment made with my performances on the pitch."

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