Inter coach Stefano Pioli spoke to press microphones following Inter’s gritty 1-0 win over Palermo Sunday afternoon.
Since November 2012, Inter have not won six consecutive games. Therefore, Pioli couldn’t help but be satisfied as he spoke to the press microphones after Inter’s hard-fought win at the Barbera Stadium in Palermo.
“It was a great game. We didn’t allow shots on goal, which is a big deal for us. We had six or seven great opportunities to score and essentially none that put us in danger going the other way.”
When complimented on his tactical choices, the Italian coach responded, “I look to put the players on the pitch that were much better rested from Coppa Italia since we ended up playing for 120 minutes. Banega is central to our project. A strong team like ours must have so many options at halftime. My choice to take him out? The choice was taken due to the tactical shifts of the match. This whole comeback of Inter has been guided by our ability to adapt to tactical changes and our ability to bring on fresh legs at the right times.”
“I think the most important asset of this team is its excellent players and the way they carry themselves. I only see very positive attitudes in these lads.”
Finally, when asked about the double sending-off of Christian Ansaldi and himself, Pioli responded, “Referee Irrati sent me off because I left the coach’s technical area, however, the game was stopped due to the injuries on the pitch so, at the time, didn’t think it was right that I was sent off. I was wrong and I paid the price. As for Ansaldi, I don’t think it was a red card. The pitch was slippery and it was difficult for both players to stop at that moment.”