Soccer-Inzaghi tells Inter to quell Super Cup euphoria before key Atalanta clash
ROME (Reuters) - Inter Milan need to press the reset button ahead of their Serie A clash with title rivals Atalanta, coach Simone Inzaghi said on Saturday, after experiencing midweek euphoria by beating rivals Juventus in the Italian Super Cup.
"Winning my first trophy in front of our fans was a beautiful experience," Inzaghi told a news conference."But it’s already in the past, we know that we need to calm down from our euphoria before tomorrow, because it will be a very complicated match."
Inter head to Bergamo on an eight-game league winning streak, which has left them one point clear of AC Milan on top of the table with a game in hand.But Atalanta, who earned a 2-2 draw against the champions in Milan in September, are eight points behind Inter in fourth and Inzaghi was asked if the game represents a battle between title rivals.Read more: The Star »
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A 120th-minute strike from substitute Alexis Sanchez gave the league leaders a dramatic extra-time victory at San Siro in the"Derby of Italy", earning Inzaghi his first trophy since taking the Inter job in the off-season.Full vaccination is mandatory to enter the kingdom according to guidelines on the government website.Bilbao set up a showpiece clash on Sunday against Real Madrid, who beat Barcelona 3-2 nL1N2TS2YJ on Wednesday.Granit Xhaka was ruled out of the match after picking up a red card in Thursday's 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the League Cup semi-final first leg while Cedric Soares, Bukayo Saka and Calum Chambers all sustained injuries.
"Winning my first trophy in front of our fans was a beautiful experience," Inzaghi told a news conference. "But it’s already in the past, we know that we need to calm down from our euphoria before tomorrow, because it will be a very complicated match. 10 to 16." Inter head to Bergamo on an eight-game league winning streak, which has left them one point clear of AC Milan on top of the table with a game in hand. Bilbao equalised with another header from a corner as Yeray Alvarez found the net from close range in the 77th minute. But Atalanta, who earned a 2-2 draw against the champions in Milan in September, are eight points behind Inter in fourth and Inzaghi was asked if the game represents a battle between title rivals. Lodi is currently in Saudi Arabia where Atletico Madrid will play Athletic Bilbao later on Thursday in the second semi-final of the revamped Super Cup. “Absolutely, they are fourth and have finished third for the last three years, while continually improving,” he said. "We try to prepare games thinking we are going to play.
Sanchez described himself as a “caged lion” after scoring the winner against Juve and hinted that he wanted more game time by saying: “The more a champion plays, the better he is. 31. (Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Editing by Ken Ferris) Article type: metered.” Inzaghi offered the Chilean, who has started four games in all competitions all season, no guarantees of a starting spot against Atalanta, but praised the 33-year-old’s attitude. “He had already done well in the last few games. In Madrid, where Lodi is based, the waiting period to be vaccinated against the virus after contracting COVID-19 was six months up until August 2021. He has great qualities, he’s a positive guy who always wants to improve,” Inzaghi said. “He trains with great enthusiasm and I’m very happy for him, I don’t think he needed the goal from the other night. Lodi tested positive for COVID-19 in April 2020. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore) Article type: metered.
For two months he has been a great resource.” (Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Hugh Lawson) Article type: metered . Saudi authorities have not responded to a request for comment.