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Massimo Moratti insists Inter are missing 'fantastic' Ivan Perisic

‘His departure was underestimated’: Massimo Moratti insists Inter are missing ‘fantastic’ Ivan Perisic after Tottenham switch… as the former president praises the versatile midfielder’s impact at both ends of the pitch

  • Inter’s former president Massimo Moratti praised his former player Ivan Perisic 
  • The Croatia international, 33, joined Tottenham on a free transfer last summer 
  • Moratti also suggested Inter keep faith with Simone Inzaghi despite a poor start

Massimo Moratti believes the effect of Ivan Perisic’s departure from Inter cannot be understated, as the Italian side struggle at the start of 2022-23.

The former Inter president believes the club have tried to ‘forget’ how good a player the Croatian is as the Italian side look to kick-start their own season, with just four wins and three losses from seven games. 

Perisic left the Giuseppe Meazza this summer on a free transfer to Tottenham, and has already notched four assists in nine games in all competitions.  

Former Inter president Massimo Moratti believes the club are missing Ivan Perisic’s presence

The 77-year-old said: ‘We all like to pretend to forget that [Ivan] Perisic was a fantastic player and he gave a very big helping hand to the defence too.

The 33-year-old joined Tottenham this summer on a free transfer

‘Perhaps his departure was underestimated, it was a very big and notable change to the team.’

The versatile midfielder was part of the Inter side that won the Serie A title in 2020-21, having joined season-long loan with Bayern Munich in 2019-20 where he won the Champions League.

Although largely deployed by Antonio Conte – with whom he won the Scudetto in Milan – as a left wing-back, the 33-year-old is equally potent as a left-winger, having played there for the majority of his career. 

The Croatian has played 113 times for his country, and his experience is surely part of the ‘notable change’ that Moratti alluded to, as Inter continue to struggle at the start of their campaign. 

The Italians suffered yet another defeat at the weekend, a 3-1 hammering at the hands of Serie A’s latest “Cinderella story” Udinese, who have also beaten Roma this season on their way to third place. 

The Croatian scored 55 and assisted 49 in 254 games at Inter, winning the 2020-21 title

Moratti, who once sacked four managers in the 1998-99 season alone, also suggested the club keep faith with Simone Inzaghi, having taken Inter to a second place finish last term. 

He added: ‘I’m not the person to ask, because I went through so many coaches, my opinion isn’t exactly reliable… 

‘Joking aside, I would continue with Inzaghi, because I think he already proved himself.’

Inter have won only four matches of their seven Serie A ties so far, having lost the other three

Moratti suggested the club keep faith with Simone Inzaghi despite an erratic start to 2022-23




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