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Inzaghi grateful for Inter backing after Correa´s debut double

SoccerNews in Serie A 27 Aug 2021

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Simone Inzaghi expressed his gratitude for the backing he has been given in the transfer market after Joaquin Correa scored a decisive debut double in Inter’s 3-1 win at Hellas Verona.

Correa made a dream start to his Inter career a day after completing his move from Lazio, coming off the bench to make a match-winning contribution.

The Argentina forward replaced Lautaro Martinez after 74 minutes with the two sides locked at 1-1 and headed his new club in front with seven minutes to go, before sealing all three points with a clinical left-foot finish in stoppage time.

Martinez had earlier cancelled out Ivan Ilic’s opener, which came after a poor kick from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Nerazzurri boss Inzaghi said it was crucial for Inter to reinvest following the departures of key men Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi, and Correa – who played for the former Italy international at Lazio – showed fans there are reasons for optimism.

Asked how Inter’s squad compares to last season, Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia: “Good question, I am satisfied with what I see every day.

“Hakimi, I have never trained him. I know he is very strong but I have never seen him on the pitch. Lukaku, I trained him for a week and he is very strong. He made a different choice that blew me away and blew us away, but the club managed to intervene by taking [Edin] Dzeko, [Denzel] Dumfries and Correa in 10 days and they gave me a competitive squad.

“The club was clear, I knew there were some problems, the goal was to secure the club and we did it.”

Inzaghi felt his side made hard work of securing a second victory from two Serie A games this season.

He said: “It was a painful victory. We had approached the match well, then we conceded the goal and in the last half-hour of the first half we did little.

“Little mobility and little clarity in our choices, but Verona had an excellent first half. Then we reorganised, we found an equaliser with Lautaro and then the changes gave us something more.”

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