Vidic attitude is better – Mancini

The Italian has suggested the centre-back was in his comfort zone prior to his arrival but was impressed with his performance last Sunday

Inter coach Roberto Mancini has praised the improvement in Nemanja Vidic’s attitude and fitness since taking over the club in November.

The defender lost his place in the starting 11 under Walter Mazzarri as he struggled to adapt to the club’s 3-5-2 formation.

But with Mancini now in charge, Vidic has been reinstated at the heart of the Inter back four and impressed in the 3-1 win over Genoa last Sunday.

“Vidic has a better attitude,” Mancini said at Friday’s press conference. 

“He’s better physically as well and he definitely has great experience and charisma. We are very happy with him and his efforts last weekend.”

The Italian could be faced with a selection dilemma this weekend after Xherdan Shaqiri came through a full week of training, and Lukas Podolski and Rodrigo Palacio also vying for starting berths.

“Shaqiri trained well all week but he can’t yet play 90 minutes,” Mancini continued. “Osvaldo is training with the trainer and we will see how he progresses in the next couple of days.

“Palacio is 100 per cent available. The fact that we’ve brought in Shaqiri and Podolski gives us alternatives that we didn’t have before.”

Mateo Kovacic was also a hot topic of discussion, though is coach says he remains far from the finished article, with much growth still to come.

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