Inter boss Mazzarri hails Hernanes

The Brazil international has made an instant impact at San Siro, having joined the Nerazzurri from Serie A rivals Lazio just before the close of the January transfer window

Inter coach Walter Mazzarri has hailed recent addition Hernanes for bringing the best out of his team-mates.

The Brazil international joined the Nerazzurri from Lazio on transfer deadline day last month and has started his new club’s last two games, a 1-0 victory over Sassuolo in which he set up the winning goal for Walter Samuel and Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Fiorentina.

Given Inter’s stuttering form before Hernanes’ arrival, Mazzarri feels that the €20 million man deserves the utmost credit for getting the team back on track.

“He is a player who knows how to deal with pressure and that’s what we needed,” the former Napoli boss told reporters.

“He’s the guy who can step up and take the reins of the team, do something important like take a corner just the way you want.

“When we lost our sharpness earlier in the season we started dropping points, especially at home like against Chievo and Catania.

“If we’d had a player like him, he might have been able to win it for us in a moment.

“Take Samuel’s goal against Sassuolo for example. He’s got the composure and class to make those around him play well too.”

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