Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi has warned his players that they need to suffer as a team if they want to beat Atalanta on Saturday.
Inter is at the top of the Serie A table after ten matches, two points ahead of Juventus. Inzaghi’s side has not conceded a goal away from home this season, they will face Atalanta who have not conceded a goal at home this season.
“The facts don’t lie,” Inzaghi told Inter TV. “These are two physical teams with a lot of weapons. It’ll be a great game at a tough ground.
“Without a doubt, we’ll need to be really alert again; we’ve defended well in recent weeks. The boys will be tested and we’ll need to suffer as a unit at times because we know our opponents well.
“Atalanta haven’t conceded many, and none at all at home. They’re playing really well in defence but they’ve always been a team that concedes very little. We’ll need to do well in this regard.”
Inzaghi: Thuram needs to keep growing
Inter new striker Marcus Thuram has scored four goals in the Serie A including last week’s winner against Roma. However, Inzaghi believes Thuram still can improve.
“Marcus has been great,” Inzaghi added. “All the boys have been working hard since 13 July; we always think about ‘us’ and not ‘I’. They’re working really well together, as a group.
“Marcus has settled in really nicely thanks to the help he’s received from us all and he still has room to get even better. He needs to keep growing at the rate he has been since he got here.”
Atalanta has failed to beat Inter in the last five years, but Gian Piero Gasperini is looking forward to the game against the strongest team in the league.
He told a press conference: “We will play the undoubtedly strongest team (in the league), not just because of their results.
“Inter have grown, they have added a lot of new players and have considerable options to choose from. Likewise, we’re on a roll. It will be a good test, a big match indeed.”