“If we’re talking about the transfer market, to pay attention to something else in such a difficult period of matches takes something from me,” Spalletti said.
Now, the Nerazzurri head to Turin to take on Torino, a team they had to battle back against back in week two just to salvage a draw.
“Getting important results and moving into the Champions League places doesn’t depend on a single player in the Italian league,” Spalletti said. “Everyone needs to give their best, always. It’s a team game, not an individual one.”
Inter Milan news
With the exception of Keita Balde, Inter Milan seem to be healthy leading up to the match in Rome. Balde will be out for a few matches following a thigh injury incurred during practice last week.
Although he is back to being healthy, midfielder Radja Nainggolan is still in the Inter Milan doghouse, so he will only likely come into the match off the bench.
Inter have struggled scoring goals – managing just six goals in their last seven Serie A contests – meaning the pressure is on players like Mauro Icardi to find better form in the second half of the season, something he has struggled to do.
Spalletti, however, said that Icardi has shown the ability to make that turn around.
”I think that Icardi is having a good season and what he’s doing is totally in line with his quality,” Spalletti said.
Projected starting lineup: Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, de Vrij, Skriniar, Asamoah; Politano, Vecino, Brozovic, Mario, Perisic; Icardi
Torino will be without midfielder Soualiho Meite, who is serving a three-match ban following earning a red card in December at Lazio.
They will likely bring their physical style of play to the match Sunday, something Spalletti said he is counting on.
“Torino play a game that revolves around strength and physical duels, they’re strong and they’re good,” Spalletti said. “They have a strong coach and they’re a strong club. We must certainly show something extra; we need to be ready to adapt to what happens during the match.”
Torino have lost their last three Serie A matches – last winning in a 3-0 triumph over Empoli on Boxing Day. Since then, their form over their last five matches have seen two defeats, two draws and a victory.
They currently sit 11th in Serie A, but just seven points behind AC Milan who are currently in fourth.
In their last outing – a 3-2 loss to AS Roma – Walter Mazzarri’s squad relied on its midfield for its offense, getting goals from Tomas Rincon and former Inter player Cristian Ansaldi.
Andrea Belotti leads the Bulls with nine goals on the season – last scoring in a 1-1 draw with Lazio on Dec. 29.
Projected starting lineup: Sirigu; Lyanco, N’Koulou, Djidji; De Silvestri, Ansaldi, Rincon, Aina; Falque, Belotti, Parigini
Time and Date: 12 p.m. (EST) Sunday, January 27, 2019
Location: Stadio Olimpico (Turin)
How to watch: In the United States, you can watch the match live on ESPN+ or Rai Italia America. If you are in the United Kingdom, the match will be played on Eleven Sports 2 UK. In Italy, the match will be on Sky Calcio 1, Sky Supercalcio HD and Sky Sport Serie A.
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