Mazzarri: Palacio needs to relax

The Argentine is without a goal in eight Serie A appearances so far this season but the Nerazzurri boss believes the striker will break his duck soon if he just calms down

Inter boss Walter Mazzarri believes Rodrigo Palacio needs to relax if the struggling striker is to rediscover his goalscoring touch.

The Argentina international has made eight appearances in Serie A this season – five of which have come as a starter – but he has yet to find the back of the net.

However, even though Palacios squandered a succession of gilt-edged opportunities in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Sampdoria, Mazzarri feels it is only a matter of time before the 32-year-old breaks his duck.

“When a player finds himself one-on-one with the opposition goalkeeper on two or three occasions it means you’re playing good football,” the Nerazzurri coach reasoned.

“The fact he’s getting into those positions shows he’s got pace and stamina. Perhaps he’s just not quite as clear in his head as he should be.

“I believe that Rodrigo needs to relax and keep playing as he has been doing and the goal will come.”

Mazzarri also argued that Palacio is not the only Inter player suffering a crisis of confidence at th moment, revealing that he is constantly reminding his troops that they play for – and belong at – one of the most famous clubs in the world.

“We’re Inter and we need to think like Inter,” he reasoned. “I’m always telling the lads that.

“But the boys are united and believe in what we’re doing. We’re all pulling in the same direction. That shows we’re working well.

“But we need to take things one game at a time and just think about our next match. We need to perform more consistently and focus on Parma.”

Inter currently sit eighth in the Serie A standings but are just one point behind third-placed Lazio ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Tardini.

The Gialloblu are currently rock bottom but Mazzarri is refusing to underestimate the threat posed by Roberto Donadoni’s team.

“They’re a good side,” the former Napoli coach stated. “It’s never easy when you play away.

“I trust in the progress we’ve made. You always need to respect the opposition.

“But we have to improve in terms of our mentality and play the same football we’ve produced over the last three matches.

“We know Parma are awkward opponents and [Antonio] Cassano is having a great season.”

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