Mazzarri blames Inter Milan’s poor start on hectic schedule

Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri during his side's 3-0 Serie A defeat by Fiorentina

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Walter Mazzarri thinks Inter Milan’s hectic schedule is a major contributing factor to the Serie A club’s poor start to the season.

Inter have won just two of their opening six league games and Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Fiorentina dropped the Nerazzurri to 10th in the standings.

The outcome in Florence followed their 4-1 humiliation at home to Cagliari.

"Whatever I say after a 3-0 defeat is going to be misinterpreted," Inter coach Walter Mazzarri told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I have clear ideas and I am fully aware of the problems we have.

"I don’t want to give excuses but we play every three days and we are not in good physical shape.

"I have told my players that in the next 15 days we have to work on certain aspects, even if we will lose several players that will be on international duty.

"After the international break, we need to give a different image.

"I don’t think it’s an issue regarding our style of football as prior to our game against Cagliari, we had handed good performances."

SERIE A RESULTS

Inter have failed to secure back-to-back league wins so far this season.

"Fortunately, it’s early on in the campaign and we can change the trend," Mazzarri said. The important thing is to try to come out of this situation as soon as possible and do much better.

"I hope that from our next game on we can hand better performances."

Inter take on Napoli at the San Siro on October 19 before hosting St. Etienne four days later in the Europa League.