Lazio vs Inter, Spalletti: “I expect a difficult match”

Luciano Spalletti, Source- Goal.com

Luciano Spalletti, Source- Goal.com

The most anticipated match of the season for Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio has finally arrived. Later today, the biancocelesti will take on Luciano Spalletti’s Inter in Matchday 10 of the Serie A TIM. In the press conference that anticipates the challenge, Spalletti spoke about the match.

“The last week has been a really important week in some ways. Today, I expect a difficult match. Lazio has a specific trademark, which shows in all the matches they play, against any opponent. I have hardly ever seen them in difficulty. Maybe they lose some matches, but they show great character and strength. Those who had the opportunity to attend their last match against Marseille easily understand what the difficulties may be in meeting them”.

Talking about former Lazio starlet, Keita Balde Diao, Spalletti mentioned, “we try to take into consideration all the possibilities we have available, I’ll see where to play him to allow him to perform at his best”. With Radja Nainggolan injured, the manager will have to replace him with someone and many believe that Keita will be the man to do so: “Keita could replace Nainggolan, we thought about it because he has played in that position sometimes. We are analyzing all of our options and this is one of them.”

After the Champions League loss against Barcelona Spalletti believes Inter must rebound quickly: “My players want to react right away, I realized this because of the intensity and concentration they had during yesterday’s practice. A positive attitude is the real medicine to resolve any type of difficulty. We have character, mentality and a great squad.”

Lastly, Spalletti spoke on Inter’s objectives this season: “Staying in the Champions League zone would be like winning a title because there are strong teams that have gotten even better this past summer.”

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