Luciano Spalletti, a wizard that can transform Icardi into even a more complete forward
The captain’s armband on his left arm reminds Mauro Icardi that Inter are still his home. And that he will be the symbol of the reborn Inter of Suning. Regardless of any signing that will arrive in black and blue. In these days of relaxation in Dubai and Maldives with family, it is likely that in his head, there is nothing but positive thoughts. Because Luciano Spalletti is waiting for him in Pinetina. In the year leading to the World Cup, he will have to score with exceptional continuity, more like last season where he closed it out at 24 goals in Serie A. Only like this, he will convince Argentinian national team coach Jorge Sampaolo to take him to Russia.
Inter history - This upcoming season will be his absolute confirmation in Italy. Mauro is climbing the ladders of greatness in the history of Inter. Icardi is currently 13th in the rankings of the best Inter forwards (Serie A and Coppa Italia). The goal is to score 17 to climb over Mario Corso. But if we only count Serie A, he needs 7 to beat Attilio Demaria who scored 76 goals in Serie A with Inter (71 for Icardi).
Tactics - Spalletti will work with Mauro both on a tactical and spiritual level. On the field, the team will start with the 4-2-3-1 which could transform into a 4-3-3 but for Icardi, nothing will change. Because he will have a couple of wingers on his sides that will gurantee him crosses and opportunities in the box. The real change that Icardi will have to face is the attitude that he has to give on the field. Just like Dzeko, in difficulty, he has to help out the team in those situations. A concept that Roberto Mancini tried to convey when he returned to Inter. To be the captain and the central forward of Inter, it is not enough just to be the king in the box. One must also prove to be available to his teammates when the ball perhaps is hard to reach the opposing field. To be available more would make him a more lenient leader.
Spirit - On the spiritual level, Spalletti will be determined and decisive to keep him concentrated. Without giving him alibi. Luciano will treat Mauro exactly the same as everyone else, knowing very well the role he plays in the group. Luciano expects a positive attitude at any time during the week. And when Mauro does not do as he’s asked, Spalletti will replace him just like he did in Rome with players like Totti and De Rossi. In short, the Inter coach will not look at Icardi’s armband or how much he makes but he will look to do what best for Inter.
Dzeko and Totti - Spalletti knows how to transform forwards. We are talking about Edin Dzeko, Francesco Totti and David Di Michele. Let’s start with the Bosnian who looked like a strange object on and off the field. In his first year in Rome, 8 goals in 31 games, 29 goals in 37 games in his second year together with the best goalscoring title. The relationship between Spalletti and Totti is well documented. We are purely talking tactically, moving him to the false 9 position. And at the end of the 2006-2007 season, with 26 goals in Serie A and won the Golden Boot. Without forgetting the experience with Di Michele with 15 goals scored with Udinese in 2004-2005. Icardi can take notes…
Source: Gazzetta dello Sport