MILAN – Inter made light work of Bologna on Matchday 4 in Serie A. The Nerazzurri racked up a third win out of four in the league with a stunning 6-1 demolition of the visitors, having all but sewn up the points in the first half through goals by Lautaro Martinez, Milan Skriniar and Nicolo Barella. More gloss was added to the scoreline after the interval by Matias Vecino and Edin Dzeko, with the Bosnian notching a fine brace, before Arthur Theate bagged a consolation for Bologna late on.
Simone Inzaghi was thrilled with the display and started his interview with DAZN by talking about the performance of Denzel Dumfries, who set up Inter’s opener: “I think Denzel had a great game. He’s doing well in training. He’s needed to settle in, but that process has gone faster than expected. He’s a quality player and he puts in a shift. He’s learning Italian quickly and we’re very pleased with him.”
After the undeserved loss at the hands of Real Madrid, Inter bounced straight back in the best possible way: “I was wary heading into this game because sometimes there can be a hangover after a loss like the one on Wednesday, but the lads were brilliant. We wanted to do well in front of our fans. I congratulated the players on the display against Real Madrid. It’s natural to have a feeling of regret because you can’t come away with that result after that sort of performance. We had 18 shots but didn’t score, while we unlocked the deadlock with our first effort today and the game went our way. It’s a big winning margin, but our opponents were in good form. They’d won back-to-back games, so Inter deserve credit for that performance.”
The boss discussed options in midfield and finding an alternative to Marcelo Brozovic: “I managed to give Brozo a bit of a rest in the first two games, but he’s irreplaceable for us. It’s not by chance that he’s always been a starter and a linchpin for every coach that’s had him here. We also have Barella in that position, plus Vecino has played there for Uruguay. Gagliardini is a very useful player, too. He’s had a terrible injury, but he’s recovering and I’ve brought him back into the fold quickly to allow him to get back to full fitness.”
Inzaghi also commented on Alexis Sanchez and the players he chose to rest: “Alexis is a wonderful player and that’s certainly not news to me. Unfortunately, he had a niggle when he came back from international duty. He’s working extremely hard and that half an hour will do him good because this is the first full week in which he’s managed to train with the team.
“We’re now waiting for news on Correa, who went to hospital for checks after he suffered from bruising today. We’ll need everyone this season. We’re playing every two-and-a-half days. I rested Perisic and Calhanoglu because they needed it. I would’ve rested Dzeko but Correa got injured and Sanchez doesn’t have 70 minutes in him just yet. Edin came on and did brilliantly. He really helped the team.”
Lautaro Martinez also played a key role in the win, with the coach admitting that he’s seen even more from the Argentine since he started coaching him: “I only knew him as an opponent and I already knew he was a top player. I’ve now seen that to a greater extent and I understand why he’s cemented his place as a starter for Inter and Argentina. It’s a shame he didn’t score a brace as he hit the bar, but I must also try to protect him because he’s played so much for his national team and we have so many important games coming up one after the other.”