Nicolo Barella and Ivan Perisic scored in both half as Inter Milan moved high of Serie A on Friday with a 2-Zero win at Fiorentina. Antonio Conte’s facet pulled one level away from AC Milan to maintain the stress 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 establishing Perisic for the second seven minutes after the break to offer Inter a primary league win in Florence in seven years.

Conte sat out a touchline ban however Inter managed the sport towards 12th-placed Fiorentina who had been with out injured French midfielder Franck Ribery.

“We’re not fascinated by placing stress on anybody, simply our personal journey,” stated Conte’s assistant Cristian Stellini.

“It wasn’t straightforward after enjoying three days in the past however we’re happy, we created loads of scoring possibilities and our forwards labored effectively collectively.”

Fiorentina may thank goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski for key saves, denying Barella early, with the Polish worldwide additionally preserving 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 may have closed it down earlier however these are three essential 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 towards Juventus.

“Now we have to play each match as if it had been the final, we have now 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 successful streak to 6 matches towards a Cagliari facet with out a league win in 13 makes an attempt.

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