Spalletti: ‘Inter must not feel safe’

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Luciano Spalletti maintains Frosinone gave Inter a timely reminder of the importance of “not feeling safe or comfortable. It’s about using possession to build rather than be predictable.”

The final result was 3-1, but after an hour of complete dominance, Francesco Cassata scored a goal out of nowhere to stage a comeback.

“We saw that the moment we feel remotely safe or comfortable, we can run into a devastating setback. We’ve got to stay on our toes at all times,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“It happens to everyone, but probably more to Inter. When you think it’s all in hand, rather than finish it off, you get timid and soft. Frosinone had nothing to lose, so their only objective was to impress and get a great result in an important fixture. A defeat won’t make much difference to them at this point.

“That’s what made it a very difficult test for us, because Frosinone could play with clear heads and no pressure.”

The Nerazzurri dominated possession for over an hour at the Stadio Stirpe and created Radja Nainggolan’s goal with a passing move for 20 seconds.

“It all depends on how you pass it around and prepare. If your defenders are passing in midfield, then you only need a few metres to run forward and get into the space to score. It’s all about how you control the game and use possession to build rather than be predictable.

“Icardi did well not to go too deep this time, as there were some free areas in the final third and he invited the others forward. The big advantage for us is having a very solid back line, not leaving gaps at the back or taking unnecessary risks.

“It’s happened to us a few times that we don’t kill games off, so evidently that’s something we still need to work on.”

Spalletti was asked why Ivan Perisic stepped up to take the penalty rather than Icardi.

“We have three or four players who can take penalties, so it depends on confidence and I trust the players to collaborate and decide between themselves in a professional and also friendly fashion.

“Nainggolan ran well, he used his physicality to keep the ball, even when the passes weren’t that clean. He was the real Nainggolan tonight.

“Borja Valero felt the muscle pull and I think he’s going to be out for a little while.”

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