Nicoló Barella, after a 3-0 victory over Lazio, admits Inter enjoyed a long-lost thrill, setting the stage for the Supercoppa Italiana Final against Napoli.
In Riyadh, the scoring began with Marcus Thuram opening it through a cheeky Federico Dimarco back-heel flick. Hakan Calhanoglu then converted a penalty, and, late in the game, Davide Frattesi completed the counter-attack set up by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The match saw one-way traffic throughout.
Barella told Mediaset: “It was a really great performance, we enjoyed ourselves on the pitch in a way we had not done for a while.
“Lazio have quality and a high press, but everyone wanted the ball today, we had fun and that is important. We wanted to be a well-oiled machine from the start of the season, it took a lot of work to reach this level and we want to keep going.”
Yann Sommer remained relatively undisturbed, while Ivan Provedel had to make a couple of tricky saves and was twice rescued by the woodwork on Barella and Lautaro Martinez efforts.
Barella added: “Naturally, it would’ve been pleasing to score as it was such a good move, but providing an assist or helping the team is all the same to me.”
Inter advances to confront Napoli in the Supercoppa Final, scheduled at this very stadium in Riyadh on Monday.