Icardi urged to offer more

22 September 2018 07:20:32 EST

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti believes there is more to come from Argentina international Mauro Icardi.

The 25-year-old has been prolific since joining Inter from Sampdoria five years ago, finding the net 100 times in 162 Serie A matches.

He scored a late equaliser in the midweek Champions League clash against Spurs before Matias Vecino grabbed the winner but Spalletti has urged Icardi to improve his all-round game.

"[It takes] a bit of everything," he said. "He must make movements that will benefit the team, just as they must consider what his qualities are, putting him in a position to express himself better.

"A few seconds of talent are enough to be a top footballer, but to be a champion it takes 95 minutes of personality."

Inter had been expected to be one of Juventus' main challengers for the Serie A title this season but they have started their domestic campaign poorly, collecting just four points from four matches.

Spalletti added: "If we're able to win these games, we come out of them stronger because it means that we're capable but we have to keep doing it.

"We also benefitted from the enthusiasm after such a win. It could be that we follow up on the win tomorrow and to do so would mean much more than winning two individual matches.

"I hope that the guys become aware of their abilities."

Inter, 25/1 to win the Serie A title in 2018/19, are 17/20 to beat Sampdoria on Saturday.

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