Simone Inzaghi expressed his relief after Inter crushed Bologna 6-1 on Saturday to move top of Serie A.
The Nerazzurri have now won 18 home successive league games but they did suffer late heartbreak at San Siro in the Champions League in midweek, going down to a late goal against Real Madrid.
Inzaghi admitted that result left him concerned ahead of the visit of Bologna, though any such worries quickly subsided when Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring in the sixth minute.
Substitute Edin Dzeko scored a second-half double as the reigning champions cut loose to make it three wins in a row against their opponents, a feat they had not managed when facing Bologna since Jose Mourinho was in charge.
“I was afraid of this match after the night against Real Madrid but the guys approached the match in the best way,” Inzaghi told DAZN after the resounding triumph.
“It was important, we knew the importance of the match. We came from an excellent performance with Madrid, in which only the result was missing. We asked the boys to put the anger that would be needed to win.
“Today at the first opportunity we were good at unlocking it [the Bologna defence], it immediately went downhill even though we were facing a good team. Then it happens that you shoot 18 times against Real Madrid and you don’t score a goal.”
Marcelo Brozovic was central to the team’s performance against Bologna, completing the second-most passes in the game (61), two less than Nicolo Barella.
And Inzaghi claimed there is a reason why the Croatia midfielder remains an integral part of Inter’s side whoever is in charge, as well as praising forward Martinez.
“Brozovic is irreplaceable, there will be a reason if he has played with all the coaches who have passed from Inter,” the former Lazio head coach said.
“I only knew him [Lautaro Martinez] as an opponent, I knew he was a very important player and when I was lucky enough to coach him I understood the importance. I’m sorry he couldn’t score another goal.”