Mancini: Training camp not punishment

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini insists a training camp for the squad this week was not punishment for their recent poor form.

Inter were at the top of the Serie A standings for most of the first half of the season, but have dropped to fifth after winning just one from their last seven top-flight fixtures.

After Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Fiorentina, which left Mancini’s team 12 points off top spot and four points adrift of a Champions League qualifying place, the coach initiated an intense week of training.

“The training camp was not about punishing the team. Nobody likes it of course, but you have to do something to try change something so the situation can be fixed,” Mancini told Football Italia.

Double training sessions were undertaken on Wednesday and Thursday and the coach feels it has had the required effect of returning focus to the squad.

“We took these few days to stay calm and work without thinking of anything else, and it went well.”

Mancini’s men will visit Sampdoria, who sit 17th, on Saturday. Inter were held 1-1 in the reverse fixture back in October at Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris.