Spalletti plays down European effect

Serie A

Luciano Spalletti does not feel it is too much of an advantage for Inter not to be playing in Europe this season.

Inter missed out on both the Champions League and Europa League after finishing seventh in last season’s Serie A table and they can focus all their efforts on domestic football this term.

Things have started well, with three wins from three league games played seeing them sit third in the standings behind Juventus and Napoli on goal difference alone.

They face Crotone on Saturday and Spalletti, while admitting his men should be fresher for their lack of games, believes extra fixtures can actually aid a team.

“Not being in Europe can be an advantage or an extra difficulty, because the players who are left out want to prove what they can do,” he said.

“Midweek games are needed in my role, even if in the long-run they tend to tire players out.”