Spalletti: 'Papers must know something…'

Luciano Spalletti again criticised the media for Antonio Conte speculation. “They must know something. It’s right that Beppe Marotta seek the best for Inter.”

The pressure was on to win after Atalanta, Milan, Roma, Torino and Lazio won this weekend, but only ground out the 2-0 victory over already-relegated Chievo with goals from Matteo Politano and Ivan Perisic.

They are four points clear in the fight for a Champions League spot, but their last two games are against Napoli and Empoli.

“I saw maturity, clear heads, sharpness and the awareness to avoid making silly mistakes, because when the deadlock isn’t broken, you can start to take things for granted and take too make risks,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We remained organised, I thought it was the approach we needed and we created many chances, even if it was a struggle to get the result locked down.

“We moved the ball side to side because Chievo’s attitude was forcing us into that, but it is true our passing didn’t have the right quality to break them down. We can do better.

“Against Napoli there will inevitably be more spaces, a higher tempo and they will come to attack us. We had to fight our way out of the chain-link fence that was the Chievo midfield and you need precision to emerge from those situations.”

In his Press conference yesterday, Spalletti said the papers “must have their Robert Redford reasons” for claiming Conte is in negotiations with Inter.

He could’ve been referring to one of two Redford films, either All the President’s Men (where the Watergate scandal was broken by a leaker to the newspapers) or to The Horse Whisperer (implying someone was whispering in the ears of the reporters).

“For three months, the same things have been said. La Gazzetta dello Sport has written the same for three months. If someone says it’ll rain tomorrow every day, eventually it will probably rain,” explained Spalletti on Sky.

“You keep asking me the same things every week and I don’t want to be rude by not responding. If La Gazzetta dello Sport have written the same thing for two years, and over the last three months it was every single day, then they must know something.

“They are also pretty insulting, with headlines saying you’re spent, you’re empty, a flop, that in the end weighs on you.

“It’s not about me, anyway, because this sort of rumour mill has been particularly strong around Inter for seven years. It’s also nasty and offensive in its language and that is not the same way with other clubs. I don’t know if there are some sort of family and friendship issues here, but it is different with Inter.

“It’s only right that Marotta goes to seek out the best for Inter, so it’s not about that.”

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