Spalletti pleased with Inter Milan’s 4-0 win

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 21: FC Internazionale coach Luciano Spalletti looks on during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between FC Internazionale and SK Rapid Wien at San Siro on February 21, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Luciano Spalletti declared his satisfaction after Inter Milan picked up their fourth consecutive victory following Thursday’s 4-0 thrashing of SK Rapid Vienna in the Europa League.

On the back of last week’s 1-0 win in the first leg of their Round of 32 tie at Austria, Inter ensured their place in the next round with a comfortable win at the San Siro.

Matias Vecino and Andrea Ranocchia opened the scoreline in the first-half with Ivan Perisic adding a third in the 80th-minute before turning provider for substitute Matteo Politano seven minutes later to seal a 5-0 aggregate win for Inter.

“We’re improving again and making fewer silly mistakes,” Manager Spalletti told the club website.

“The team is heading in the right direction but we need to keep the required standard in mind. At times, we play below our potential and struggle to show our individual and collective abilities out on the pitch.”

“We used our heads well and read the key moments of the match in the right way. We came out with a good performance, our players showed professionalism and the right mentality.

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“We took the lead early on and this allowed us to manage how the game played out. In the first half, we could have done better but we never lost our balance and we were able to do better in the second half.”

Mauro Icardi, who was recently stripped of captaincy at Inter, was again left to watch from the stands on Thursday night as he continues to recover from his knee injury.

The Nerazzurri will discover who they will meet in the Round of 16 in the Europa League today at 1:00 PM (CET).

The two-legged ties will take place between March 7 and March 21.

Meanwhile, Inter’s main focus will be back in Italy with a tricky visit to the Artemio Franchi Stadium awaiting them on Sunday in a Serie A match against Fiorentina.

Spalletti’s side are currently third in the standings and will be looking to grab victory to maintain their five-point advantage over fifth-place AS Roma in their bid to secure Champions League football for next season.

MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 21: Matteo Politano of FC Internazionale celebrates his goal with his team-mates during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between FC Internazionale and SK Rapid Wien at San Siro on February 21, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)