Marotta: 'Spalletti not at Inter risk'

Inter director Beppe Marotta denies Luciano Spalletti’s job will depend on the result against Parma, but Radja Nainggolan “can and must do more.”

The Nerazzurri are sliding down the standings after one point and zero goals in their last three Serie A games, while they also crashed out of the Coppa Italia on penalties to Lazio.

There were reports of a crisis summit in the locker room following Sunday’s shock 1-0 home defeat to Bologna.

“Naturally there was a discussion after the game, which is normal after every match, whether we win or lose. It’s nothing to report,” insisted Marotta to Sky Sport Italia.

“It is absolutely not true that the Parma game is decisive for Spalletti. If on the one hand, we recognise that this is a difficult moment for Inter, on the other I say that Spalletti’s position is solid. We are in a transitional period of the season, as there are 16 rounds to go and we are in third place.

“It’s true, our form has been going down lately, but we can count on a strong club, a competitive squad and a Coach who is very capable. We’ll emerge from it stronger.”

The team was jeered at the final whistle of the loss to Bologna.

“Jeers are a show of love when things are not going well. We have to understand the mentality of those who come to the stadium and pay good money to do so.

“This is a difficult moment, there are a few problems and we can improve, but that can only happen if we let the tactics settle and above all find a winning mentality. Don’t forget, many of these players are young and have real room for improvement.

“It’s not as if we are aspiring to win the Scudetto this season, but we do have to qualify for the Champions League and in that senese should believe more in our qualities. Fortunately, Spalletti knows how to handle these situations.”

Marotta also stood up for captain Mauro Icardi, who was criticised in some circles for his misses against Bologna.

“Icardi is a good lad and always gives his all. He too is young and can improve, so it doesn’t seem right to put the blame on him. When there are these crisis situations, everyone is to blame, if indeed you can talk about blame.

“I want to maintain an optimistic vision and believe we can go into these final weeks of the season in the best possible way. We do have to become more consistent.”

Nainggolan has been the biggest flop at Inter, especially as they sol Nicolò Zaniolo to Roma as part of the deal and the teenager is flourishing.

“Nainggolan had some difficulties settling in, accompanied by performances that are not in keeping with what he has shown in recent years,” noted Marotta.

“He can and must do more, but the player is the first to be aware of that situation. He is working with Spalletti behind the scenes, I am sure his professionalism will come to the fore and Radja will put in strong performances.”

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