No problem with Icardi attending Superclasico, says Spalletti
Posted On March 22, 2019
The Real Madrid target has been crucial to the Italian club, who have to better Tottenham’s result in order to progress in the Champions League
There is no problem with Mauro Icardi after the striker was in Madrid for the Copa Libertadores final just two days before a crucial Champions League fixture, according to Inter coach Luciano Spalletti.
The Argentina international was in the crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu for the second leg of the final between Boca Juniors and bitter rivals River Plate, the latter emerging victorious after extra time to win a fourth title.
Inter face PSV on Tuesday for their last match of Group B, in which they currently sit third behind Tottenham and Barcelona, as they seek to continue their progress in their own continental competition.
Icardi’s presence in Madrid on Sunday has been a talking point before that game – when Inter need to pick up more points than Tottenham to qualify – but Spalletti is perplexed as to why it is an issue for some.
“I do not see the problem,” he told a news conference.
“There was the Juventus delegation and the Inter executives. I do not see where the problem is.
“It’s like going to dinner somewhere else, it was with the wife to see a show.”
Spalletti confirmed that Matias Vecino and fellow midfielder Radja Nainggolan are unlikely to be involved at San Siro against the Eredivisie champions.
Inter know they need a helping hand from Barcelona even if they beat PSV.
Ernesto Valverde’s side host Spurs and have already qualified as group winners, yet Spalletti has urged his players not to worry about the game at Camp Nou.
“The only mistake we can make is worrying about the game in Barcelona,” he said.
“They’re serious professionals there. We just need to win our match.”
The previous encounter of the two sides at Wembley Stadium in October finished 4-2 to the Catalan club so Inter will be hoping for a similar outcome on Tuesday.
They will also take confidence from the fact that they beat PSV 2-1 in Holland thanks to a 60th minute winner from Icardi.
But more recently the Milan club has been struggling for form, only winning one of their last four Serie A outings.