Roberto Mancini: “Kovacic could play in front of the defense”

Mancini Salme

Roberto Mancini held a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Serie A fixture away against Udinese.

“We mustn’t underestimate our opponents, We’ll need to perform well tomorrow night if we’re to win the game, it won’t be easy. The side we saw against AC Milan was clearly one on the up and their coach knows Inter well.”

“We’re not quite at the level where we can say we’ve cracked it but I think the team has improved week by week, even when results weren’t going our way. We are limited in certain areas and we still make mistakes but there’s been a clear improvement and we can now say we’ve become a team. Now we have to keep working in this direction. The squad is united and full of good lads and consummate professionals. A win doesn’t change anything, even though Roma are a great side. Our target is get back to the top because Inter always have to aim to be up there” Mancini continued.

“We have a clear idea of how we want to play. The personnel and formation might change but you always have to go out there looking to win. We went all out for it against Roma. Unfortunately whether we qualify for Europe or not is out of our hands, but we have to give our all to try and win our remaining games and hope one of the sides above us falters.”

In conclusion Mancini stated that “we have two players suspended at the back and a couple of options available to us. Medel could drop back. Felipe is quality, he’s an experienced player and is doing well. Over time Mateo Kovacic might be able to play in front of the back four, he has what it takes to do so. He came on and did well on Saturday night, his approach was good. I believe Hernanes’ best position is behind the strikers and he can bring a touch of unpredictability to our play. As for Shaqiri, we tend to be impatient in this country. That shouldn’t be the case when you’re talking about a player joining from a different league and different country. The same goes for Podolski, he’s a great professional but it takes time to settle. Plus his situation is a little different in that he’s on loan from Arsenal and could rejoin them come the end of the season.”