BASTONI: "HAPPY FOR THE GOAL BUT MORE SO THE WIN"

The 22-year-old claimed a goal and assist in Inter's 2-1 win over Lazio

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Bastoni: "Happy for the goal but more so the win" - MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 09: Alessandro Bastoni of FC Internazionale scores their team's first goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale v SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 09, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images) || FC Internazionale Milano via Getty Images
Bastoni: "Happy for the goal but more so the win" - MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 09:  Alessandro Bastoni of FC Internazionale celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale v SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 09, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images ) || FC Internazionale Milano via Getty Images
Bastoni: "Happy for the goal but more so the win" - MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 09:  Alessandro Bastoni of FC Internazionale celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale v SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 09, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images ) || FC Internazionale Milano via Getty Images
Bastoni: "Happy for the goal but more so the win" - MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 09:  Alessandro Bastoni of FC Internazionale celebrates  after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale v SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 09, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images ) || FC Internazionale Milano via Getty Images
Bastoni: "Happy for the goal but more so the win" - MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 09: Alessandro Bastoni of FC Internazionale celebrates with teammates after scoring their team's first goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale v SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 09, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images) || FC Internazionale Milano via Getty Images
Bastoni: "Happy for the goal but more so the win" - MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 09: Alessandro Bastoni of FC Internazionale celebrates with Marcelo Brozovic after scoring their team's first goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale v SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 09, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images) || FC Internazionale Milano via Getty Images
Bastoni: "Happy for the goal but more so the win" - MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 09: Alessandro Bastoni of FC Internazionale celebrates with teammates after scoring their team's first goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale v SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 09, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images) || FC Internazionale Milano via Getty Images

MILAN - Alessandro Bastoni hadn't scored since 28 June 2020 and had never scored at San Siro, yet these stats are now history. What's more, it was a long-range screamer, and he provided an assist for the match-winner as well. Decisive in attack as well as being a rock at the back; quite the performance from Bastoni.

"I wanted to hit it first time but luckily Marcelo Brozovic told me I was in space, so I took my time to control it and set myself better for the strike," the Nerazzurri defender told DAZN after the game. "Scoring again feels strange as I hadn't done so for two seasons but overall I'm happier that we got the win, that's what matters. I'd been told that until the last matchday I hadn't got involved in our attacks from corners, which is why I positioned myself on the edge of the box," he joked.

"We played well, and it wasn't easy after what happened with the Bologna game and coming into this one off a long break. It was a tough game because Lazio were the only team to beat us in the first half of the season. We wanted to do justice to this shirt. Winning feels great; we've got a great mentality, we have fun on the pitch and we want to keep this up. I was finding it hard at the start but thanks to the coach I've improved a lot. We've fine-tuned our tactics and the team has improved in every situation we find ourselves in; we're able to carry out exactly what's asked of us. We need to keep on at this."


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