Simone Inzaghi applauds his players after Inter narrowly defeat Empoli

EMPOLI, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: Simone Inzaghi manager of FC Internazionale gestures during the Serie A TIM match between Empoli FC and FC Internazionale at Stadio Carlo Castellani on September 24, 2023 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Simone Inzaghi applauded his side’s patience and persistence after Inter narrowly defeated last placed Empoli by a 1-0 scoreline this afternoon.

Federico Dimarco rescued the Nerazzurri with a stunning strike just after the break to keep his team perfect with five wins to begin their league campaign.

“We were patient and played really well. We created loads of chances and were unable to put one away, and then in the last 15 minutes of the first half we stepped off the pace a little,” Inzaghi told DAZN at full-time.

“But we approached the second half in the right way and Dimarco’s goal helped us with that. (Benjamin) Pavard? He did really well on the right. He and Matteo (Darmian) played superbly.”

He continued, “Pavard has come in highly motivated and has slotted perfectly into the way we want to play; we realise his value to us. He’s a great purchase and needs to carry on as he is doing.”

“Inter don’t need to send out any messages; we have started the league campaign well, but we’ve only played five games.”

“Everything can change quickly; we need to keep the same motivation and concentration, but there are loads of games to go and we just need to stay on our game. I am very satisfied.”

“The players know we’ll need everyone and they are all motivated; they’re aware they have to make me think in every training session. Everybody wants to play to help Inter achieve its goals.”