Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso said coach Walter Mazzarri is tactically superior to his predecessors.
After 12 rounds in the Serie A season, Inter have moved up to fourth position with 25 points, three adrift of third-placed Napoli, who hold the final UEFA Champions League berth in Italy.
Inter finished ninth last season, which cost Andrea Stramaccioni his job as head coach, and Cambiasso believes the introduction of Mazzarri from Napoli has been key to the club’s improved performances this campaign.
Cambiasso has been impressed by Mazzarri’s tactical commitment and ability to teach Inter his preferred style of play.
“Mazzarri knows his right winger does this, that his central midfielder does that etcetera,” the 33-year-old Argentine midfielder told Inter’s television channel on Thursday.
“I wasn’t speaking badly of anyone. Mazzarri is much more loyal to his past experiences and his beliefs about the game.
“It’s not a question of authority or the lack thereof, or that before we didn’t have it but now we do. It’s a tactical issue.
“I believe Mazzarri’s teams have always had their own precise identity.”
Cambiasso rates Mazzarri as the best coach Inter has had since Jose Mourinho left the club at the end of the 2009-10 season.
“Compared to the other coaches we had – well, maybe (Gian Piero) Gasperini (in 2011), but he didn’t have much time and neither did I (with him) since I arrived late after the Copa America – Mazzarri is someone who has his system of play and adapts his players to this system he’s believed in for 12 years,” Cambiasso said.
“The other coaches adapted their idea of the game to the players they had, so perhaps they struggled more.”