“Samir Handanovic has done good, he is amazing for me”
Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi believes his captain and goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was vindicated by his performance against Sassuolo tonight.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia after the game, the coach immediately reacted to an eventful game which saw his side come back from a tough start to take all three points from Mapei Stadium, with Handanovic in the middle of a number of crucial episodes.
The Slovenian managed to avoid being sent off at the end of the first half when a backpass by Stefan de Vrij left him head-to-head with Gregorie Defrel, but referee Luca Pairetto got him judged not to have had enough contact with the French to justify a red card and motioned to continue.
Apart from that, the Nerazzurri captain responded to his recent criticism with a number of important saves that kept his team in the game, especially one on Sassuolo forward Jeremie Boga.
“Handanovic did very well on the Defrel incident and then with the Boga shot,” Inzaghi said. “In my opinion, Handanovic is a prodigious goalkeeper that I have heard many rumors about, for me the decision was correct. We knew it was a complicated game, I saw a team that had a great desire to react.
When asked if Alessio Dionisi’s first half against Alessio Dionisi’s men was his team’s toughest so far this season, he said: “I don’t think so, we went there from the first half. minutes. We must always take into account that there are also adversaries against us.
He continued: “A team like Sassuolo is going to make us suffer, the team was compact, they suffered when it had to be, and in the end I think they deserved the win.”
Of his four second-half substitutes, he said: “I think playing every three days you had to do them, there were players coming out who didn’t deserve to come out, but I had to give a boost to the team because there were so many tired players.
“We came out of a terrible cycle,” he continued, “now we are going to train with these 6-7s that will remain in Appiano and then we will see more like the second half. We have committed a lot of times. technical errors, especially in the first half hour of the first half.
“In the league we maybe got a few more points than we maybe deserved,” said the coach, “but I’m happy with how the team suffered.”
He continued, “All the great players play every three days. We knew that in the second half we would have had a lot of important close matches and that we could do it in the best way.
Of the game-winning substitute, Edin Dzeko, he said: “I knew him as an opponent, but I had never coached him. I was struck by his availability and the way he trains, he never backs down.
“Then it’s normal to have to do evaluations,” he continued, “Correa has come back from an injury, Sanchez has just returned. I have to be good at alternating them, it is clear that Lautaro, Dzeko , Correa and Sanchez are a nice attack.
“Initially, I had thought about making three changes,” concluded Inzaghi, “then I decided to do all four because I needed a little more push. I knew those four m ‘would help a lot.