Inter CEO Beppe Marotta remembered the work it took to sign former Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Festival of Sport (via LazioNews24) yesterday, the Nerazzurri CEO looked back at those fateful days in the end of May earlier this year, when Inzaghi left the Biancocelesti after 22 years.

Conte’s decision wasn’t so predictable, it had surprised us. 

In those situations, you have to act promptly and we identified, fortunately, a young coach with a significant path as Simone Inzaghi, who was about to renew with Lazio. 

It was good timing from Ausilio and myself, blocking the renewal with Lazio and presenting our plans.

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The 45-year-old Inzaghi left Lazio after five years upon the conclusion of last season, joining Inter after a few days of hesitation.

The Nerazzurri have started the season well under the Italian coach and currently sit third in the table with 17 points, four behind league leaders Napoli.

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Lazio, on the other hand, have had a slightly more inconsistent start to the season under coach Maurizio Sarri, winning only three of their opening seven matches.

The Biancocelesti will be looking to bounce back in the upcoming match against the Nerazzurri, which will also mark Inzaghi’s first return to the Stadio Olimpico since his departure.