Perisic: ‘I’m hungry and want to win; Inter want to finish first’

Inter winger Ivan Perisic stressed he’s ‘hungry and want to win’ ahead of the big game against Real Madrid. ‘We want to finish first’.

The Nerazzurri travel to Santiago Bernabeu for the final match in the group stage and are playing for the top spot against Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

But Simone Inzaghi’s men have managed to qualify for the knockout stages, something both Luciano Spalletti and Antonio Conte failed to do.

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Perisic, however, doesn’t believe much has changed at Pinetina and stressed the system is similar and the players ‘know each other well’ after many years together.

“There’s no big difference, we play with the same system and have known each other for many years,” Perisic said at a press conference. “The shape is always the same, nothing has changed except from the fact that we did better in the Champions League.

“This year we deserved to go through, last year we were close.”

Perisic’s deal expires in June 2022 and the Croatian was asked about his future at the Nerazzurri.

“The last two years have been wonderful for me,” he said. “I’m hungry, as is the whole team, and I want to win.

“I don’t like talking about the future, we have to give everything and think only of the present. I’m only focused on tomorrow, we want to play a great game and finish first.

“We have time and in a couple of weeks we will talk, let’s see what can happen.”

Perisic admitted he struggled at the start of last term due to his new position in the side, but he adapted and has had a successful time with the Beneamata.

The former Bayern Munich player has been impressive since Simone Inzaghi took over, but he doesn’t know yet if this is his best season at the club.

“Last year I changed my position, at the beginning it was not easy,” he said. “The new role is more complicated in my opinion.

“We will only see at the end if it’s my best season with Inter. It depends if we win or not. This summer I rested more than usual because I had COVID at the European Championship. I worked hard and I’m training a lot.”

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