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Inter coach Stefano Pioli looked to Monday night’s match day 14 fixture against Fiorentina at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

The Italian coach was quick to stress how Inter are looking to bounce back from their Europa League disaster:

“I expect an immediate response. We played great for 45 minutes that night and then awfully bad in the second half. I know this group is intelligent and can focus 90 minutes.”

The coach insisted he is taking his time in a gradual sense, taking things in as they come, despite the media speculating that a lack of European football come January might yield departures:

“The only thing I’m thinking about for now is the next game we have to play. We’ll decide the best course of action for January’s transfer window only after the winter break.”

“We have some ground to make up but there’s no point in trying to play with the potential points we can pick up. We have a chance to leapfrog one of our rivals with a victory over Fiorentina.”

Some aspects of Inter’s play has impressed the new gaffer rather than others:

“I’ve enjoyed the approach the players are taking to matches. We were able to take the game to the opposition in the early stages of both matches but now we have to work for the full 95 minutes. I didn’t like the fact that we let Be’er Sheva play at the start of the second half. The guys thought they’d won the game already. It serves as a lesson. I hope they’ve learned. Our heads must control our legs and not the other way around. We will improve in several areas by working hard as a unit.” Pioli acknowledged, “We must find the right balance. We actually defend better when we press the opposition high up the pitch.”

“The lads are not pleased with the results but they’re doing all they can to improve. I’ve seen great professionalism and we know that quality, hard work and principles are absolutely essential at a club such as Inter.”

A three man defense? “I won’t rule out anything from a tactical perspective. Very few people realize that we actually played with three at the back in Sunday’s derby. It’s not an issue with the formation, rather with our focus and attention. I expect a lot from Miranda because he’s an excellent defender and professional. Who he plays alongside.”

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