Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has said that a tactical switch he made during the second half of Inter's 1-0 win over Empoli was enough to see the game out.
Serie A surprise package Empoli actually had the better of an hotly contested first 45 minutes, but deep into first half stoppage time, Mauro Icardi struck his eighth goal in 15 Serie A matches after Ivan Perisic's cross found the striker lurking in the box.
However, in the second half, Mancini simply swapped Marcelo Brozovic and Geoffrey Kondogbia's positions in Inter's three-man midfield and as a result, they secured a better foothold in the game and saw the match out.
Speaking after the match, as reported by Goal.com, Mancini claimed this decision was vital in securing the three points, with the performance levels of both players significantly improving after the switch, while also heaping praise on striker Icardi.
"In the first half Empoli did better than us," said Mancini. "In the second half we were much better. (Marcelo) Brozovic and (Geoffrey) Kondogbia swapped positions and have done well.
"I always thought Mauro (Icardi) could make a difference. I'm sure of his quality."
The result saw Inter return to the top of Serie A after Fiorentina had occupied it for a few hours due to an earlier fixture in which they defeated Palermo 3-1, with the Milan side regaining their one point lead at the top of the tree.
The trip to Empoli was far from routine however, with the side who finished 15th in last season's Serie A currently occupying eighth position despite the narrow defeat, and Mancini praised the club and their manager, Marco Giampaolo, after the match.
"Empoli is a difficult place to come and they are a team that plays well," Mancini stated. "(Marco) Giampaolo is doing a great job.
"The 1-0 was enough and we had a chance to double our lead, while our mistakes meant we risked something."