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Inzaghi: ‘I hope Lukaku’s suspension will be overturned’


Inter coach Simone Inzaghi hopes Romelu Lukaku’s suspension will be overturned after their 1-1 draw against Juventus: ‘There will be footage’. The match was marred by ugly scenes at the full time whistle, which included a brawl and alleged racist abuse from parts of the Juventus curva, targeting the Belgian striker. Speaking in his post-match press conference (as quoted by FCInterNews), Inzaghi explained why losing Handanovic and Lukaku for the return leg was a blow for the team and the significance of breaking their losing streak that stretched three matches in a row:

What happened in the final? Was there racist chanting against Lukaku?

“There will be pictures, let’s hope that this caution can be removed as it already happened with Lookman. The boy cheered and was misunderstood, the final whistle scenes were not nice. The only thing I can think of now is that I lost Handanovic and Lukaku for the return leg, because they are important for us.”

At the end of the game Dzeko went to the fans to show the club badge. What has happened in these two days?

“We’re not in a very good period, it’s normal that you’re not happy with the championship, where the path has not been like Inter. But they are responsible players. Tonight we played a good game in a difficult stadium and against a strong opponent. My opinion would not have changed beyond the goal in the final: we had many situations that could have changed the game. We conceded an avoidable goal but we didn’t let up and we got the result. I’m satisfied for the team because it’s a difficult moment, especially after the defeat against Fiorentina. It is a very good sign for everyone.”

How important is it to have broken Inter’s losing streak, also in view of the return leg?

“Results help. I would have liked a win, but as it turned out we’ll take the draw. At the end of April we have the return leg at home and with a win we can go to the final. I am happy with what I saw on the pitch, the boys wanted to play a great game against a very good opponent.”


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