Andrea Stramaccioni was encouraged by ‘young’ Inter’s display against Neftchi Baku, including goalscorer Marko Livaja.
The Italian giants finished second place in Europa League Group H after drawing 2-2 at home to their Azerbaijani opponents.
Despite conceding a late equaliser, Stramaccioni had only positive things to say about his young side and, in particular, the performance of Livaja who netted a double.
“We did really well tonight, I congratulate these young boys. It is a good sign that they are doing well,” Stramaccioni told reporters.
“They need to continue working hard and stay humble. They give us much hope for the future.
“Livaja was a real protagonist with his goals. Myself and my staff have always regarded him highly. We decided to keep him at the club because he has qualities. But, he is still very young and like the others needs to continue working hard.”
Stramaccioni also lauded Antonio Cassano’s impact from the bench while he turned his focus to his side’s Sunday encounter with Napoli.
He added: “Antonio did very well and got into some dangerous positions. Now we have to recover and look ahead to Sunday’s game against Napoli, which is very important.
Livaja said he was keen to emulate his team-mate, Diego Milito.
“We played better than they did,” Livaja said.
“They were lucky to draw in the end. But, still I am happy with my game and of course scoring two goals.
“But now we have to think of Napoli. You ask me if I could be the next Milito? I can only hope so.”