MILAN - Against Ludogorets, he produced a practically perfect performance. Indeed, Opta data showed that he completed 71 out of 73 attempted passes, a success rate of over 98%. Borja Valero, who played as a starter in Inter’s first-leg victory over Ludogorets at the round of 32 stage of the Europa League, spoke about how the team are feeling when interviewed by Sky Sport: “It was very important to try to win and score as many goals as possible in order to be able to play the return fixture in a calmer fashion. We’re not through yet, but it’s a big step forward. Ludogorets wanted to do well against a great team in Inter. After a slightly slow start, we managed to get a result.
“A period is now beginning where it’ll get harder and harder every match, there’s a lot at stake. We’ve experienced it first-hand and dropped points against sides who we beat during the first half of the season. It’s tight at the top, we need to pick up as many points as possible to remain in the mix until the very end and have a chance of being successful. The group can be the difference at this point in time. We need to stay united. There are many games to be played, everyone has their own little role and needs to make their own contribution for the benefit of the team.
“It was a little bit difficult for me at the start of the season, I wasn’t getting in the team. But I put in the hard work and the injuries we had presented me with a bit of an opportunity, I’ve demonstrated that I’m at the same level as the rest of the squad. I’m happy because I consider this to be important, I have renewed motivation.”
Eriksen is now part of the Nerazzurri’s midfield: “He’s a really important player. I’d already come up against him in the past and found it difficult. We’re hoping that he’ll be able to make a contribution during the final part of the season.”