Inzaghi remains unfazed by criticism ahead of Benfica clash

    Under pressure head coach Simone Inzaghi says the criticism will help him improve as his Inter side prepare to try to secure a spot in the Champions League semi-finals.

    The Nerazzurri have picked up just one point from their last five Serie A fixtures, dropping to fifth place, putting Inzaghi under increasing scrutiny.

    Inter lost 1-0 at home to Monza on Saturday and were licking their wounds ahead of the second leg against Benfica at the San Siro on Wednesday when they start 2-0 up.

    Inzaghi says that he will not be affected by anti-aircraft artillery, as this is not news to him.

    He told reporters on Tuesday: “I don’t think it’s weird. [for questions to be asked over his future].

    “Here at Inter, if you read before the matches against Barcelona or Porto, it was the same.

    “This is what I’m used to while they criticize me [and not the players] this is not a problem: for me and my employees, criticism helps us to improve more and more.

    “We know we didn’t have the path that Inter should have in the league, like many other teams, we had problems, but there are still eight games to go and we still have the advantage.

    “We need to isolate well and try to have an important evening for our fans.”

    Inter could have a very different squad next season, with Milan Skrinjar heading to Paris Saint-Germain, Romelu Lukaku’s loan deal coming to an end and Stefan de Vrij among the group of players whose contracts are coming to an end.

    Inzaghi won’t use that as an excuse.

    He added: “We have to isolate well, as for the players, we have a few contracts that are expiring but I see them doing well every day.

    “It’s part of modern football to be constantly criticized or balanced. We have to be good and strong, have a cool head and always think about the next match, which is Benfica right now.

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