Luciano Spalletti expects his Inter players to compensate him for the Champions League he abandoned at Roma in order to take over at the San Siro.
Spalletti, who left Rome after only a year in charge of the Giallorossi, held his first official press conference as manager of Inter on Friday and used the opportunity to highlight what he expects from his players going into the 2017/18 season.
"The players’ character will be vital," the veteran manager stated. "We mustn’t ever think a game is already won – we need to try to move in the same direction for all 90 minutes. We want to fight until the very last game to finish in the top four in Serie A. If we achieve that it’ll be down to constant hard work – we need to strike the right balance.
"We need to be tough and compact," he added. "We have to show character and give everything we have this season. We want to be a great side, one worthy of Inter. When you’re part of Inter it gets under your skin. I received lots of messages before the training camp, including one from [Jose] Mourinho, who wished me good luck and helped me to understand what it means to love this club," the 58-year old added.
The new Nerazzurri coach went on to describe the mood in the training camp as positive and joked that the players are indebted to him for sacrificing a Champions League campaign with his former club.
"The vibes are positive because I’m convinced that this team has a lot of quality," he said. "Naturally, we’ve spoken about the journey we’re about to embark on together. The players need to give me what I’ve left behind – I left behind the Champions League to coach Inter and they need to put me back there.
"Everyone has the best intentions and is ready and willing to listen and head in the right direction together. We need to be as professional as possible. I’m sure that there will be some players that will prove people’s opinions about their ability wrong."