Spalletti wants to improve Inter’s result

REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti believes there is a simple reason that his side have been dropping points over the last six weeks; they are not cunning enough.

Third-placed Inter host second-placed Napoli in Serie A’s new Boxing Day programme on Wednesday, having slipped eight points behind their opponents.

The two sides were level in early November, but while Inter have been letting matches get away, Napoli have done exactly the opposite and have won their last three Serie A away games with a goal in the last 10 minutes.

Inter dropped two more points on Saturday when they conceded an injury-time equaliser against bottom-of-the-table Chievo and were held 1-1, much to Spalletti‘s frustration.

Inter will again be without their prize summer signing Radja Nainggolan in midfield, this time after the club suspended him for what it described as “disciplinary reasons.”

The combative, heavily-tattooed Belgian, who according to Italian media arrived late for training several times in the previous weeks, has not made the expected impact since his move from Roma in the summer, partly due to injury.

Napoli are the only team with any serious hope of stopping Juventus from winning an eighth successive title, although even they are eight points behind. The Turin side, who have dropped only two points in their first 17 games, visit Atalanta earlier on Wednesday.

REUTERS/Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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