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Spalletti: Cagliari forced Inter to adjust

first_imgSerie A Spalletti: Inter had to change tactics to combat aggressive Cagliari Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 07:36 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luciano Spalletti - cropped Getty Images Serie A Internazionale Cagliari v Internazionale Cagliari Mauro Icardi scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season to help the Nerazzurri see off Cagliari 3-1 and leapfrog Napoli at the Serie A summit Luciano Spalletti revealed that he had to modify his side’s tactics to combat Cagliari’s high pressing game in Inter’s 3-1 win at the Sardegna Arena.Two goals from Mauro Icardi and a fine strike from substitute Marcelo Brozovic sent the Nerazzurri to the Serie A summit, but it was far from comfortable for Spalletti’s side.The hosts could have been at least two goals to the good before Icardi’s first just before the half-hour mark gave Inter an underserved lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Leonardo Pavoletti made it 2-1 with 20 minutes remaining to set up a potentially tense finale, but Icardi’s second put the game to bed.Spalletti was full of praise for Cagliari’s high-energy performance and concedes he had to change his approach in order to find a way into the game.”This was the performance of a strong side, because we started with some difficulties,” he told Mediaset Premium.| FT – Cagliari 1-3 InterJob done! @MauroIcardi and #Brozovic with the goals as we do the business in Sardinia. Good stuff lads! That’s  points now! #CagliariInter #ForzaInter pic.twitter.com/PuxgJxpaFY— Inter (@Inter_en) November 25, 2017″We tried to press them higher, as we were reacting as individuals rather than as units, and Cagliari were flinging themselves into the fire to get to these loose balls first.”We had some difficulties creating moves from the back, as Cagliari were pressing us so hard it was violent. They were rushing at us at full force the second we got the ball.”We had to modify a few things as Cagliari had an excellent start and we suffered under pressure, the way a great team ought to.”I wanted to change our shape, so we basically mirrored Cagliari’s tactics, but it was an issue of getting to grips with the distances and movements. In the second half, we went back to a four-man defence and played more of our football.”Icardi, whose brace took his league tally for the season to 15, believes that Inter did not start with the right attitude — something that changed after his first goal.”The attitude we had in the first half was a bit of a problem, then my goal calmed Cagliari down a bit,” he added. “They had a really good game.”We do our work, focus on our results and winning our games. The other teams know we are there, we’re pressing them and will enjoy tonight as the Serie A leaders.”We’ve been working well for a couple of years, doing great things and we can see the fruits of our labour. I try to make sure I am ready when the ball comes my way. I got another brace and I’m enjoying my football.”last_img

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