Moratti: ‘Inter under-estimated loss of Perisic to Tottenham’

Former Inter President Massimo Moratti believes the club should stick with coach Simone Inzaghi, as the club ‘underestimated’ what losing Ivan Perisic to Tottenham Hotspur would mean.

The Nerazzurri have stuttered so far this season, losing to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with Serie A defeats already against Lazio, Milan and Udinese in the opening seven rounds.

The pressure is growing on Inzaghi to turn things around and Tuttomercatoweb asked Treble-winning patron Moratti for advice.

“Considering last season, this start was unexpected. Certainly, Romelu Lukaku’s injury made an impact and changed the situation, but it looks like a bigger problem to me, if it really does regard the internal rapport between players and coach.

“I hope that is not true, because I think Inzaghi is a good lad and a fine coach. The team is also more or less the same as last season.”

There have been a few changes, most notably Perisic walking away as a free agent to reunite with ex-Inter boss Antonio Conte at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Croatia international had contributed 10 goals and nine assists in 49 competitive games last year, but left after complaining Inter had left his contract extension talks to the last minute.

“We all like to pretend to forget that Perisic was a fantastic player and he gave a very big helping hand to the defence too,” added Moratti.

“Perhaps his departure was under-estimated, it was a very big and notable change to the team.”

Perisic has settled in well in the Premier League, providing four assists in nine competitive games for Spurs.

When asked if he would stick with Inzaghi, Moratti joked about his record in charge of Inter.

“I’m not the person to ask, because I went through so many coaches, my opinion isn’t exactly reliable… Joking aside, I would continue with Inzaghi, because I think he already proved himself.”

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