Luciano Spalletti believes Inter Milan allowed pressure to creep into their game despite claiming a vital 2-0 win over SPAL.
The Nerazzurri struggled to break down a defensive-minded SPAL, but finally secured a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Matteo Politano and Roberto Gagliardini.
The win is a morale booster ahead of the Derby della Madonina and the pursuit for a Champions League position.
“There were still 11 Inter players and we should’ve done better. We allowed the tension to strangle us, as it sometimes does, and we lose sight of our qualities, become too timid and insecure,” the Coach told Sky Sports Italia.
“We have to use our brains and realise San Siro is an intimidating atmosphere, but we are Inter and we have to win this game. It all becomes simpler than you imagine it would be if you look at it that way. It’s not fear, it’s timidity.
“We have this fire within us, but every now and then turn it down to a tiny flicker. Once the goal went in, everyone seemed like a different player, totally transformed and brimming with confidence.
“Every now and then we get dragged into the analysis that surrounds us and the players struggle to prove themselves.
“I tell you in training that Dalbert is going to be an extraordinary player, but in the first half today he fell over twice and didn’t make a single decision. After the break, he did much better and smashed SPAL down that left flank.”
When asked about Icardi’s likely involvement in Thursday’s Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt, Spalletti decided to play it down.
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“I won’t talk about Icardi, because whatever I say gets translated into something else. We have a common objective, which is the victory.
“We don’t have to be hand-in-hand, but we need to maintain our contract with Inter. It’s not that you sign a five-year contract and that’s it, you stay for five years. You have to prove with the performances every time that you deserve to be at Inter.”