Antonio Conte questioned the fitness of Alexis Sanchez after the Manchester United loanee was an unused substitute for his side.
Sanchez did not make it off the bench in Inter’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta on Saturday night, the second match in a row he has found himself among the substitutes.
Atalanta missed an injury-time penalty as Conte’s side – who are the Serie A leaders – failed to find the attacking breakthrough to win the game.
Afterwards the former Chelsea manager fielded questions about his decision not to involve Sanchez, and said: “You ask me about (Alexis) Sanchez, well in order to play the guys have to be fit. I am not crazy, I am neither an imbecile or someone who likes to hurt himself.
“I know that one plus one makes two, but if in your opinion it makes five. If I decide to put somebody on the pitch it’s because I have my reasons. It’s not like I want to do hara-kiri or I am demented.”