Icardi reveals tough love from Spalletti

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has said his new manager is “like a hammer” but says that is probably what the squad needs.

The Nerazzurri finished seventh in Serie A last season under Stefano Pioli, but the Argentine striker says that their previous coach could only push the team so far.

"Spalletti has understood things quickly and we're trying to improve in all respects," Icardi told Corriere dello Sport. "It's crucial that we're more positive and have a different mentality.

"We needed a coach like him. As soon as Pioli came in, he was able to send positive values to the team.

"We followed him and had won nine games out of 10, but then there was a sudden drop of heads and it ended the way it did.

"Spalletti is like a hammer and we're changing our attitudes. With him, distractions are not allowed."

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