Inter Milan boss Simone Inzaghi is well aware of the potential challenges that lie ahead for his team in the Supercoppa Italiana final against Napoli in Riyadh.
The Nerazzurri aim to make a strong statement by clinching a mid-season trophy. Inzaghi’s team leads the Serie A table by two points ahead of Juventus. They secured their place in the cup final in Saudi Arabia by convincingly defeating Lazio 3-0 on Friday.
ُSerie A title holders Napoli also won 3-0 against Fiorentina, providing them with a confidence boost amid struggles in the league under the new management of Walter Mazzarri. The clash in Riyadh promises a stylistic confrontation, with Inzaghi’s attack-oriented approach seeking to secure Inter their eighth Super Cup and third consecutive title.
“A final is often decided in a few moments – you have to be very careful,” the Nerazzurri boss told inter.it. “We’re playing against the Italian champions who won 3-0 in their own semi-final.
“They’ve had some problems in the league but they have a lot of quality, with a deep squad.
“Napoli have changed their formation, before they were a possession team but now they are less so. If Mazzarri keeps his line-up from the semi-final then we’ll be ready for that. Beyond formation and tactics, though, motivation is vital.”
On Inter’s and his own fine record in the Super Cup – he has won five overall as player and coach – Inzaghi added: “Winning it three times in a row has only happened once before. We won it in a derby (against AC Milan) last year, two years ago against Juve, and now we would like to beat Napoli to it.
“I care more about Inter than my own record. It would be nice to win it of course. The boys have been putting Inter before their own interests since the summer and that’s the secret to a good team.”