Mazzarri: Osvaldo must be more consistent

The striker opened the scoring with a stunning scissor-kick against Atalanta and his coach hopes to see it inspire a run of form

Inter head coach Walter Mazzarri has called on Pablo Daniel Osvaldo to show more consistency after his fine display against Atalanta.

The former Juventus loanee came off the bench to replaced the injured Mauro Icardi and promptly scored a stunning scissor-kick to give his side the lead in the first half on Wednesday.

Mazzarri says he has been “pleasantly surprised” by the mercurial striker’s character but has urged him to work harder in order to sustain a run of form.

“I was pleasantly surprised by him as a person, because he had a reputation as having a difficult character, but he is great in the dressing-room and is a fine professional,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “In my view he just needs to work harder and be more consistent throughout the game.”

Mazzarri added of Icardi’s injury: “We will evaluate it tomorrow [Thursday], but we hope to have him back soon. If he asks to be substituted, it means it really hurt.”

Inter have enjoyed an impressive start to the Serie A campaign, scoring 10 goals and conceding just once in four matches, but Mazzarri insists they must be more clinical if they are to challenge for the top once again.

“We started well and created good early chances, which wasn’t easy against Atalanta, who make life difficult for everyone. We barely allowed them anything,” he said.

“If we want to be picky, then we should’ve scored the second goal earlier and not suffered under pressure for 10 minutes.

“If we want to compete for the top then we have to be more clinical. We had so many chances to finish it off – we even had a penalty, but not just that.

“When Atalanta attack en masse and leave spaces, we need to be better at finishing off the game.”

Hernanes ultimately sealed the win with a sublime free kick.

“I am happy for him as he is an exemplary professional,” Mazzarri added of the Brazilian. “When you score a goal it helps restore confidence, naturally.”

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