Soccer-Inzaghi aim for Champions League improvement for Inter
(Reuters) – New Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi has said he is aware full-back Achraf Hakimi will be sold when he takes the job, and is aiming for a successful Serie A title defense as well. that a European campaign improved next season.
The former Lazio boss signed a two-year contract in June to succeed Antonio Conte at the Italian champions, after the former coach terminated his contract amid frustrations over the club’s plans aimed at reducing costs due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
This included the sale of Moroccan winger Hakimi, who joined Paris Saint Germain on a five-year contract worth € 60million on Tuesday.
“I was aware of Hakimi’s departure and was told the other important players will stay here at Inter,” Inzaghi said at a press conference on Wednesday.
“We know we need to do some signings. In my style of football, wingers are important and we don’t have Ashley Young or Hakimi anymore.
“It’s a delicate moment for everyone. I have been told that Hakimi is leaving, but the club have promised me that we will remain competitive and strong.”
Inzaghi arrives after five years at the helm of Lazio, where he won Coppa Italia and two Italian Super Cups and led the Roman club to the knockout stages of the Champions League after ending a 13-year absence of the competition last season.
He is now tasked with continuing the work of Conte, who staged Inter’s first league triumph in 11 years in 2020-21, but was unable to make it through the group stages of the top club competition. Europe.
“We will have the Scudetto badge on our chests to defend. There are a lot of well equipped teams, but we will do everything to defend the title,” said Inzaghi.
“I want to have an intense team that is always in the game. A team capable of reacting to episodes within matches. At Lazio we scored a lot of goals in added time.
“In the past my teams have played well, scoring a lot of goals. I also hope to entertain the fans here in Milan.”
“We know where we need to make changes, we are aiming for a better Champions League campaign because I know Inter have not reached the knockout stages since 2011,” he added.
Inzaghi also sent a message to Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen, who suffered cardiac arrest on the pitch while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020.
“I spoke to Eriksen before the Euro, but not yet since the incident. I was so sorry about what happened. He will need time, we will wait for him with open arms.”
(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie, editing by Ed Osmond)