After the expenditure of energy in the Italian Cup final, the coach feared a decline and motivated his team in the dressing room. The ferocious start, with two goals in three minutes, can also be explained in this way
Simone Inzaghi after Wednesday’s triumph in the Italian Cup feared the match against Atalanta, a very physical and tactically difficult opponent to face. He knew that the challenge against the Dea could turn into a trap because, without winning at least one point, it would have been mandatory to go to Turin next Saturday to guarantee fourth place with a draw against the grenades. A waste of energy to be avoided in view of the Champions League final and so the Piacenza coach asked for one last sacrifice.
“Guys, it’s the last effort. It’s needed now. This is the game that counts to be able to prepare immediately and without worries for the big dream”. Before the start of the warm-up, in the San Siro dressing room, the coach addressed everyone, both those who would start the match and the others who would enter the second half. He wanted to inflame the pride of a group he imagined to be low on physical and mental energy. Mission accomplished given the two goals scored in the first three minutes, with an angry start, but above all full of movements tested in training. From the verticalization of Bastoni for the “long” triangle between Lukaku and Lautaro which was worth the 1-0, to the doubling signed by an insertion with the lights off by Barella, but also the 3-1 propitiated by another internal cut by a midfielder (this time Brozovic) was not accidental.
At the end of the game, then, Inzaghi thanked all his men for the result achieved. He applauded them for how the championship had ended, avoiding fighting for qualification for the Champions League until the last day. And at the same time he gave the group one more day off, until Wednesday. So he received the applause too and then the hugs started. In the hope of repeating the scene in Istanbul on June 10th.
May 29, 2023 (change May 29, 2023 | 11:33 am)
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