Serie-A News: I know what I can give – Dzeko confident after equaling Ronaldo’s Inter start

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Edin Dzeko has scored six goals in his first seven Inter league appearances, equaling Ronaldo’s tally in the 1997-98 season, and the forward is full of confidence after his successful start.

The 35-year-old came off the bench in the second half of the Nerazzurri’s 2-1 away win in Serie A against Sassuolo on Saturday.

Inter are at a disadvantage, but Dzeko equalized less than a minute after his entry and then earned the penalty converted by Lautaro Martinez to win the match.

Dzeko joined Inter in August to replace striker Romelu Lukaku, who left for Chelsea but has so far more than made up for the Belgian’s absence.

“Six goals after seven games, I know Ronaldo was the last to do it,” Dzeko said after the game. Inter hired me for this, I know what I can still give and they know it too. “

Asked if Inter had already forgotten Lukaku, he added: “We look forward, we are doing well, I don’t think about the past. Let’s continue like this ».

The veteran striker praised the spirit of his new team to fight.

Inter have avoided defeat after taking the lead in three consecutive Serie A matches for the first time in their history.

But Dzeko admitted that the Nerazzurri have made things difficult.

“We certainly showed [character] again, ”Dzeko said. “But we always take the hard way by conceding goals.

“You can’t always play well, in the end what matters is the result. We were also a bit tired ».

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi echoed his striker’s comments, admitting that fatigue played an important role in his team’s slow start and praising the impact of Dzeko and his bench mates in overturning the game.

“Sassuolo did better than us in the first half,” said Inzaghi. “In the second half, even before the changes, I saw a different team.

“By playing every three days, I have to give the team a boost, because I’ve seen so many tired players. After the seventh game in 20 days with little training, I knew it [the substitutes] they would have helped me and were decisive.

“I knew Dzeko as an opponent, I was struck by his availability and how he trains, he never backs down.

“I’m happy with how the team can suffer. We always stay in the game because I have found a group with a great spirit. The last two games were not technically as good as the others but now we will try to catch up. “

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