Club told they must regret seeing ‘fantastic player’ leave for Tottenham

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Speaking to Football Italia, former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti asks if the Serie A giants regret losing Ivan Perisic with the winger impressing in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur.

Napoli, Atalanta, Udinese and Lazio; you would have long odds this to be Serie A’s top four heading into the September international break. Not long ago, riots threatened to break out in the streets of Naples, Maurizio Sarri was under serious pressure at Lazio and Atalanta’s time at the top of the tree seemed to be coming to an end.

As for Udinese, they have rarely been anywhere higher than mid-table since Antonio di Natalie’s glory days. Last time actually Zebra graced the top half, Perisic was still a Borussia Dortmund player.

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Inter Milan, winners of the 2021 Scudetto, fell further off the pace this weekend when they lost 3-1 to an Udinese side who also moved four games clear of Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

Ivan Perisic shines at Tottenham Hotspur after leaving Inter Milan

“This start was unexpected,” sighs Moratti, president of Inter, who secured an unprecedented treble in 2010.

The loss of Perisic, arguably last season’s most consistent player, along with Romelu Lukaku’s injury problems are just two of the issues head coach Simone Inzaghi has to address, according to Moratti.

“For sure, Lukaku’s injury had an impact and changed the situation,” he says. “But it seems to me to be a bigger problem in terms of the internal relationship between the players and the coach.

“I hope it’s not true because I think Inzaghi is a good guy and a great coach. The team is also more or less the same as last season.’

Except for Perisic, of course.

“We all like to pretend to forget that Perisic was a fantastic player,” added Moratti. “He gave a big helping hand to the defense as well.” Perhaps his departure was understated. It was a very big and remarkable change in the team.”

Even at 33, Perisic remains a deep shade of evergreen. In nine games for Tottenham Hotspur, the Croatian full-back already has four assists to his credit.

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