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Luciano Spalletti today took part in his first press conference of 2019, answering questions at the Suning Training Centre in view of tomorrow evening’s home game vs. Sassuolo.

When discussing his expectations for the second half of the season, Spalletti said: “I don’t know how many points we’ll pick up in the second half of the season, but we must not place any limits on ourselves. We are Inter, we have strong ambitions and we want to achieve the best as possible. We want to win titles, it’s been too long for a prestigious club like Inter not to secure any silverware. However, it won’t be easy because there are many strong opponents, Napoli for example. They’ve finished ahead of us in recent years, but we’ve also deservedly beaten them.”

Spalletti spoke also about the Neroverdi “I want to praise the Sassuolo hierarchy for the great work that they’ve put in over the past few years. They play good football and they’re convinced of their footballing beliefs – I congratulate De Zerbi. We’ll start again in the league based on our daily work. We want to express our attacking style of play against every opponent, even if we haven’t been at our best during the last few matches. We must be more consistent to ensure that we’re the type of team that we have in mind. In this sense, the win against Benevento demonstrated that we’re growing because it was a match that we could’ve underestimated.

In regard to individuals, Spalletti added: “De Vrij is a great professional and a top player. So far he’s done what we expected from him. He’s got great quality, technique, he knows how to defend and he’s also got character and physical strength. The club did well to sign such a top player. It’s a shame that Keita ispicked up this injury. He was enjoying a good spell but our squad can overcome any absence. Nainggolan is getting back to his best in terms of fitness. For him to make the difference he needs to be at his best physically. He’s sorry that he wasn’t at his best during this recent period, but he’s now returning to what we all expect him to be and he’ll demonstrate this from now until the end of the season.

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