Simone Inzaghi believes Inter dominated Juventus, and only ‘extraordinary’ saves prevented the score from rising.
Even with a game in hand against Atalanta scheduled for February 28, the Nerazzurri were already leading the table. With this victory, they now extend their lead to four points.
An own goal occurred as the Nicolò Barella cross slipped past both Benjamin Pavard and Marcus Thuram, bouncing off Federico Gatti’s stomach. Additionally, Wojciech Szczesny made two world-class saves to prevent the scoreline from escalating.
Inzaghi told reporters: “We earned a victory, an important and fully deserved win that we wanted with the whole squad.
“The way we prepared, played and controlled the game, we are very happy. The fans pushed us on from the warm-up to the final whistle and beyond.
“However, it is only one step in a long journey. Juve and Milan will not give up,” Inzaghi said.
The coach disclosed that he brought Davy Klaassen on for Barella in the late stages because Davide Frattesi had ‘felt a twinge’ in training and couldn’t be risked, even for the final minutes. Despite the own goal making the difference, the outcome seldom appeared uncertain.
Inzaghi added: “Szczesny kept the game open with his incredible saves on Arnautovic and Barella, but I saw my team concentrated, we allowed Juve one counter-attack in 95 minutes. Yann Sommer had a bit of a rest this evening, but we still knew that we had to hold on to the end.
“These lads have been working in exemplary fashion for seven months now, but we have to keep going. It’s only a stepping stone tonight.
“There are still four intense months to go with many games, we have to continue like this. We won 18 out of 22 Serie A matches, but despite that are within reach of Juventus and Milan. Last season, Napoli had a far bigger lead at the top at this stage,” Inzaghi said.