Inter Manager Luciano Spalletti claimed that his side lack quality.
The Nerazzurri held Scudetto challengers Napoli to a 0-0 draw at the San Siro this evening but Luciano Spalletti wasn’t particularly impressed by his sides performance in his post-match interview with Mediaset Premium.
“I thought it was a good game. Spectacular football is subjective. I thought it was good in terms of searching, tactics and probing. Napoli have this quality, this Sarri method that everyone talks about, as they know each other by heart, we bit them at times, at others soaked up pressure, because the one thing you must never do against Napoli is get stretched out, as they’ll play between the lines.
“We had the chances to hurt them on the counter, some we took better than others. That’s what we’re like, I’m afraid. At times we are right in there and have the right attitude, at others we lose that and I don’t like the lack of consistency. We can’t build on it when we go forward and then back, because I can’t tell you what we’ll be like next week”.
Spalletti commented on the attitude of Joao Cancelo as it was reported that the two had an argument in training.
“If Cancelo plays badly on the right, he’ll tell you he would do better 10 metres further forward. If he plays badly on the left, he’ll tell you it’s because he should’ve been on the right. All players do that, him more than most. He is two-footed, can emerge from very difficult situations with the quality of a trequartista rather than a full-back, so I moved him to push more down that flank”.
Inter are unbeaten against the top four in Serie A this season but Spalletti didn’t see this as a good sign as he slated the lack of quality in his team.
“It all depends on where you want to put this Inter. We in general had a horrible, really ugly period with some terrible games. In general, we’ve not played great football this season, because I don’t think we have this kind of quality that people seem to think.
“If we want to take the game to the opposition, we have to pass it around quickly and in short spaces. Instead, tonight we passed it back to our goalkeeper too many times. If you have quality, like Napoli do, you pass it between the lines with quick give-and-go moves. We tried that, and most of the time lost the ball.
“Napoli have a lot of quality, but we don’t have those characteristics. I still have to see this supposed quality, because I don’t see it”.