Nicolo Barella and Ivan Perisic scored in both half as Inter Milan moved high of Serie A on Friday with a 2-0 win at Fiorentina. Antonio Conte’s facet pulled one level away from AC Milan to maintain the strain on their metropolis rivals who host lowly Crotone on Sunday. Inter bounced back after their midweek Italian Cup semi-final, first leg defeat to Juventus in the San Siro. Italy midfielder Barella curled within the opener from a distance after half an hour with Achraf Hakimi organising Perisic for the second seven minutes after the break to present Inter a primary league win in Florence in seven years.
Conte sat out a touchline ban however Inter managed the sport in opposition to Twelfth-placed Fiorentina who had been with out injured French midfielder Franck Ribery.
“We’re not fascinated about placing strain on anybody, simply our personal journey,” stated Conte’s assistant Cristian Stellini.
“It wasn’t simple after enjoying three days in the past however we’re glad, we created loads of scoring probabilities and our forwards labored properly collectively.”
Fiorentina might thank goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski for key saves, denying Barella early, with the Polish worldwide additionally retaining out Hakimi, Perisic and Lautaro Martinez within the second half.
On the different finish of the pitch Samir Handanovic saved from Giacomo Bonaventura and Cristiano Biraghi earlier than the break.
“We might have closed it down earlier however these are three necessary factors, we’re there in first place and that is what issues,” stated Perisic.
“Now we’ll go to Turin to win,” added the 32-year-old of subsequent week’s Italian Cup semi-final, second-leg recreation in opposition to Juventus.
“We’ve to play each match as if it had been the final, we’ve got no room for error.”
Inter play Lazio subsequent weekend earlier than a derby conflict with Milan on February 21.
Champions Juventus, in fourth, host third-placed Roma on Saturday.
Simply behind fifth-placed Napoli play Genoa with Lazio seeking to push their profitable streak to 6 matches in opposition to a Cagliari facet and not using a league win in 13 makes an attempt.
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