Spalletti: ‘Inter obviously better’

Luciano Spalletti said it was “obvious Inter deserved” the victory over Milan “because we played better football and deserve compliments.”

The Nerazzurri had the best chances overall, hitting the woodwork with Stefan de Vrij and with both teams seeing goals chalked off in the first half, but Mauro Icardi’s last-gasp header proved decisive.

It means Inter have now won seven competitive matches in a row, their best run since January 2017.

Luciano Spalletti said it was “obvious Inter deserved” the victory over Milan “because we played better football and deserve compliments.”

The Nerazzurri had the best chances overall, hitting the woodwork with Stefan de Vrij and with both teams seeing goals chalked off in the first half, but Mauro Icardi’s last-gasp header proved decisive.

It means Inter have now won seven competitive matches in a row, their best run since January 2017.

“We wanted to score earlier. Perfect would’ve been to score earlier and then control the game going for more goals,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s obvious Inter deserved it, played from start to finish in their half, pressed high and went for it. Therefore, we deserve compliments. Not because we wanted it more, but because we played better.

“If you say to me ‘The team that wanted it more’ got the win, that’s inaccurate, that’s dishonest and disguising the truth. The team that played better football won the game.

“It’s dangerous when you press high, as there is always the risk of conceding a counter, but we were perfect today and forced Milan to continually lose the ball. We ensured Milan were incapable of playing their quality passing game that Gennaro Gattuso had spoken about.

“I came here to win, not to just sit on a bench for a season and try to bring home a salary. I came here to organise the future of Inter and the players must do the same.

“I liked that after the final whistle, Icardi said we must find consistency and keep pushing. Inter chose us to bring this side back to the level that its fans deserve. It is our job, we must do it with a sense of belonging and prove they were right to choose us.”

Inter lost Radja Nainggolan after just 30 minutes following a collision with Lucas Biglia and there are reports of a sprained ankle, but Spalletti hinted it could be far worse.

“Nainggolan has been chopped down. We have to take him to the hospital and see. He won’t be with us for a while.”

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