Soccer-Inter boss Inzaghi calls for response to Lazio defeat against Juve


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Group D - Inter Milan v Sheriff Tiraspol - San Siro, Milan, Italy - October 19, 2021 Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo

MILAN (Reuters) - Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi wants his side to improve their performance level and not just collect three points when they face Juventus at the San Siro on Sunday as he looks for a response to their defeat to Lazio last weekend.

Inter suffered their first defeat of the Serie A season in the capital last Saturday, despite leading for the majority of the ill-tempered match.

The Serie A champions responded with a win in the Champions League against Sheriff Tiraspol in midweek, but Inzaghi wants more from his players against Juve.

"It is a very important game, beyond the points," Inzaghi told a news conference on Saturday. "After the Lazio loss we talked a lot about our performance and where we went wrong.

"Lazio are organised and with very fast players, and tomorrow we have another great chance to react.

"The progress is good, we have slowed down for a moment but we are aware and have played some excellent football. We will try to improve more as a team."

Juventus come into the contest having won six matches in a row in all competitions, and Inzaghi insists his team must be wary of Massimiliano Allegri's resurgent side.

"Juventus are our historical rival," he added. "We will have to be good at making the match ours.

"They have recovered all their players (from injury). They have had some excellent results so we will need to show them great attention.

"It is a very important match between two very competitive teams. We will also have our fans alongside us. We will have to play a great match."

(Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Toby Davis)

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