Alessandro Bastoni discloses that his goal celebration paid homage to Steph Curry, acknowledging Roma’s dominance over Inter before a shift in mentality.
The match posed a significant challenge for the Nerazzurri this season, trailing 2-1 at halftime due to goals from Gianluca Mancini and Stephan El Shaarawy, following Francesco Acerbi’s initial header.
Nevertheless, Marcus Thuram scored and induced an Angeliño own goal. In stoppage time, Bastoni wrapped up the counter-attack, securing the final 4-2 outcome.
“The first half was awful, we just weren’t ourselves, we came on with the wrong attitude and Roma ate us up. The coach told us at half-time we just had to be ourselves, and that is what we did after the break,” Bastoni told DAZN.
“More than tactics, I think you win games with your mentality and approach. Roma were stronger than us and more aggressive in the first half, they devoured us, but we switched on in the second.”
It was a rare goal for Bastoni and his celebration referenced his hero in a very different sport.
“I had not scored in a very long time, so I am happy with that. I love NBA and Steph Curry is an inspiration, so I wanted to do that celebration.”
Beating Juventus and Roma consecutively is the ideal preparation for Inter ahead of their Champions League Round of 16 showdown with Atletico Madrid.
“It is a fundamental victory, it gives you adrenaline for the rest of the week. We are fired up, we know what it means to go all the way in the Champions League and know how much it hurt to fall at the final hurdle.
“We want to go all the way again, this time with a different final result.”