ROME: Inter Milan must press the reset button ahead of their Serie A clash with rivals Atalanta, manager Simone Inzaghi said on Saturday January 15, after experiencing midweek euphoria beating rivals Juventus in the Italian Super Cup.
A 120th-minute strike from substitute Alexis Sanchez gave the league leaders a dramatic extra-time victory at the San Siro in the ‘Italy Derby’, earning Inzaghi his first trophy since taking over the position at Inter during the off-season.
“Winning my first trophy in front of our fans was a great experience,” Inzaghi told a press conference.
“But that’s already in the past, we know that we have to calm down from our euphoria before tomorrow, because it will be a very complicated match.”
Inter travel to Bergamo on an eight-game winning streak in the league, which left them one point clear of top-ranked AC Milan by one game less.
But Atalanta, who drew 2-2 with the champions in Milan in September, are eight points behind fourth-placed Inter and Inzaghi was asked if the match represented a battle between rivals at the title.
“Absolutely, they are fourth and have finished third for the past three years, continuously improving,” he said.
Sanchez described himself as a “caged lion” after scoring the winner against Juve and hinted he wanted more playing time, saying: “The more a champion plays, the better he is.”
Inzaghi offered the Chilean, who has started four games in all competitions all season, no guarantee of a starting spot against Atalanta but praised the 33-year-old’s attitude.
“He had already done well in the last games. He has great qualities, he is a positive guy who always wants to improve,” Inzaghi said.
“He trains with a lot of enthusiasm and I’m very happy for him, I don’t think he needed the goal the other night. For two months he was a great resource.