At 20.45 at the Alberto Picco stadium Spezia and Inter take the field, after the 3-0 for Simone Inzaghi's team on 20 August. Out of five direct matches played since the Ligurians have been in Serie A, the Nerazzurri have won four and one ended in a draw. Spezia comes from two draws, 0-0 with Verona and 2-2 against Udinese, and a defeat, 0-2 at home with Juventus. In the standings the Aquilotti are fourth last with three points more than Verona, when there are 13 games left at the end of the championship. The Bianconeri therefore need points to keep Hellas at a distance who will play at home against Monza on Sunday. On the eve of the match, the coach of Spezia, Leonardo Semplici, is confident: "I liked the performance of the second half against Verona, the guys put on the field that mentality that I would like to convey to the team: to want to make the race and try, through the dribble, to create scoring opportunities. With the group in these few days we talked about this aspect in view of the next challenge that is against a great team. I could adapt Nikolaou if we were to opt for the four-man defense, we are evaluating the best solution and between today and tomorrow I will see what choices to make. I also hope that Ampadu and Ekdal will be able to be in the race, because they have had some aftermath compared to last Sunday. So we'll see who we can count on to be able to field the best eleven at our disposal to make a great performance."Here Inter
Inter in the league comes from two victories, 2-0 against Lecce and 3-1 with Udinese, and a defeat, 1-0 with Bologna. Inzaghi's team is second in the standings with 50 points, 15 less than Napoli. The seasonal goal at this point is to qualify for the Champions League, a challenge still open because taking into account Lazio, Roma, Milan and Atalanta there are five teams eight points apart between second and sixth position. On Tuesday, the Nerazzurri will play away against Porto after a 1-0 win in the first leg. In recent days, Marco Tronchetti Provera, CEO and vice-president of Pirelli, has also taken a position in defense of Inzaghi: "I think he gave Inter good football. The criticism stems from the bitterness of last year when the team with two games played a championship in which it could easily reach the finish line. Now everything is more difficult because the distances that have been created with Napoli take away motivation from the players. Inter have a strong team, Inzaghi is under pressure every Sunday. Yesterday (Sunday, Ed) went well, I hope he will be left a little alone to be able to face Porto and the Italian Cup more serenely. Certainly there is an excess of pressure." Tronchetti Provera added: "It is clear that there is something to put in place because the team is strong. He has the best midfield in the league, players both in attack and defense of great quality, but this is the madness of Inter."
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