Mazzarri remarked on Reja, Lazio and his team’s condition after the break in the pre-game presser: “Reja can give Lazio cohension, he knows it having coached them not long time ago. If we look at the single players, it will be a tough game, if they play how they know they can create trouble to anybody”.
“I made sure that the team worked [during the holiday], they followed the schedule. They trained at their best in these days, I’m optimistic. I saw them pumped up. Derby boosted our self-esteem but we need to be consistent and concrete. I liked the team against Napoli even if we lost because of some distractions. I want my players to be able to play the game, I hope it happens also tomorrow”.
“Milito will be called up for sure, he looked well. Even if not not in top form he can help us and be important. Inter count on everybody, Palacio has been the better player in finalizing but he plays for the team too. In this team many guys scored, more than they did in their career”.
“Lazio were a bit in trouble at Verona, the performance was subpar. The arrival of Reja is a trap”.
“Inter traditionally start slow after the break? Traditions make no difference. I care about the lads playing at their best like in the last two games”.
“Icardi might not be called up: he has the flu. The games are played with 13-14 players, now they proved that the subs can make a different. We keep him isolated to protect the rest of the team. He was feeling good physically, you need to train with consistency to reach the top form. Then there is game form. This flu bothers me”.
“Milito is an added value anyway, I always hoped to have somebody like him available, even off the bench. I look forward to the end of January because as a coach I’m concerned that the transfer market rumours distract the team”.
“The choices will be affected by when the players returned. I told the players I wanted to find them in a certain way when they returned and they did that. Then, considering other factors, I’ll make the best choices on papers, selecting who gives me more guarantees”.
“I tried Kuzmanovic in multiple positions, he can do even the DLP. He’s versatile, experienced, he’s well and can be used in the three positions. He did well entering the Derby, I don’t know if he can do the same from the start. He needs to grow”.
“I never make do. Seeing the situation in the summer the balance is excellent but seeing what we’ve done, we could have had 4 more points. The team can only improve, learning the mechanisms”.
“I won’t speak about D’Ambrosio as long as he’s not signed”.
“Kuzmanovic is one of my doubts. I wait to see also how Lazio will play, I’ll see today’s training and give the lineup. He’s one of my 3-4 doubts. Pereira and Wallace won’t start. I don’t speak about the market”.
“Alvarez might start, like Kovacic or Kuzmanovic. We need to consider the tactical balance, when we were all going forward against Parma we conceded three goals. I want a purposeful football that gives us points”.
“Until the Derby we were the best attack, this means that we produce football. This is what matters, beside the use of one or two strikers: I want to create many chances. I’d even play with three forwards, but the team is above everything”.
“I think Kovacic is growing like I want. He’s making big steps not only for his plays, but for the utility for the team. These things will make him a talent”.