Legendary former Inter, Roma, Real Madrid, and Sampdoria forward Antonio Cassano feels that the Nerazzurri were fortunate to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League based on how they played against Porto yesterday.
Speaking on Christian Vieris Twitch channel, viaFCInterNews, the former forward criticized Inters defensive style of play in the Champions League round of sixteen second leg, and also criticized the performance of striker Lautaro Martinez and argued that Simone Inzaghi should be sacked as coach.
Inter certainly did not play their most attack-minded match of the season at the Estadio do Dragao.
The Nerazzurris all-hand-on-deck defensive approach was enough to get the job done against a tough Porto side, as the clean sheet was preserved and with it their one-goal advantage from the first leg.
However, as far as Cassano is concerned, it was not an approach that he liked to see, and they were lucky to get away with it.
Over the two legs, Porto deserved to go through, Cassano argued.
Inter are a much stronger team on paper, Porto dont have big names players, he went on.
In these matches you have to keep the tempo high and have a lot of quality.
But they just played the long ball, see what happens, Cassano said of the Nerazzurris approach.
At this level, its hard if you dont have real top-class players who make the difference.
Cassano noted that If Onana doesnt make that big save at the end, then it wouldve went to extra time.
Now theyll try to pass Inzaghi off as someone whos achieved some great feat, but thats not the case, not even remotely, Cassano didnt mince words.
Against Barcelona he had nothing to lose and he went for it, they played a great match.
Against a much weaker team, who were also lower in quality than themselves, Inter only came to play a defensive match.
It was an ugly Inter who got lucky, they went through but its not going to be enough in the next round, you only get lucky once, Cassano predicted.
The former forward continued that There will be big headlines in all the newspapers, but Inzaghi will be sacked in May.
He thinks hes written a piece of history by reaching the quarter-finals? If thats what the coach is saying then you see why hes not a great coach, he cant think that way, it puts a limit on what he can do.
Hes not a great coach who can lead Inter to great things, Cassano argued.
Hes got the strongest squad in the league but theyre doing poorly.
Inzaghi has a lot of growth that he needs to do, or else hell end up like Allegri or Mourinho, Cassano argued.
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