Inter's boss Roberto Mancini paid a huge compliment to Napoli's forward Gonzalo Higuain, saying that the 27-year-old is the Serie A version of Lionel Messi according to Corriere dello Sport.
The tactician was very impressed with Higuain, as the Argentine international scored both goals in Napoli's 2-1 win against the Nerazzurri on Monday evening.
Higuain's heroics against Inter allowed Napoli to overtake Mancini's men at the top of Serie A's standings. As this wasn't the first game in which Higuain almost single-handedly dispatched the opposition's defence, the Inter manager was full of praise for the former Real Madrid striker.
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“Higuain in Italy is like Messi is to the rest of the world. He’s giving something to Napoli that the other teams don’t have," Mancini said after the game.
"In the first minute there was one ball, which we didn't deal with properly and Higuain did exceptionally well to open the score with an amazing goal. Only the best players in the world can do that."
Despite praising Higuain, Mancini was far less impressed with Napoli's winger Jose Callejon and the referee, Daniele Orsato, who sent off Yuto Nagatomo for two bookable offences in the first half.
"Referees must learn to whistle less," said Mancini. "Callejon clearly dived for Nagatomo's first booking and after that Yuto was sent off for a little foul. Before sending off or booking a player, the foul must truly be worth a booking," explained the ex-Manchester City manager.
However, Mancini's accusations towards the referees seem a bit excessive, particularly as Inter's playing style is based on the physicality and temper of heavy-tacklers like Felipe Melo, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Fredy Guarin, Gary Medel and Jeison Murillo.
Nagatomo's red card was the fourth time an Inter player has been dismissed this term after Murillo, Miranda and Melo have all been sent to stands at one stage.
After the defeat against Napoli, Inter are currently second with 30 points from 14 games, just a point behind Maurizio Sarri's men.
The Nerazzurri's next Serie A game is on Saturday when they face Genoa at Stadio Guiseppe Meazza.