Despite the draw, Walter Mazzarri deviates from the immediate disappointment and congratulated the boys after the game he told Radio Uno Rai directly after the final whistle: “I like this Inter, it was a good game, even though we made some mistakes. In the first half we could have scored three or four goals, but the ball didn’t want to go into the back of the net. Cagliari is still a good team and we made no mistakes until the goal. “

Mazzarri also added: “We always try to win and today we deserved the win, considering how we played. My changes resulted in a goal and we almost managed to score a second goal in the end, today’s game was a lot of back and forth and Cagliari makes it difficult for any team. Mateo Kovacic is beginning to understand his role and he does it very well, but it was a shame that the pitch was waterlogged, which didn’t let us reach our full potential but I saw a team that played well even though we had little time to recover to this game.”

“The lads started well despite the fact the pitch was heavy and that occasionally made playing difficult, but we knitted some nice moves together, and it’s a shame as we deserved to take the lead in the first half. The lads played well and their keeper saved everything: perhaps we weren’t accurate enough and tried to be too cute at times, slipping before shooting first, then being halted by a puddle. We need to be meaner, more clinical, that’s what I’d say to the guys if I really had to say something. But I can’t complain,” said Walter Mazzarri as he spoke to Sky Italia after the match.

He was then asked to comment on Belfodil’s performance, as the forward started the game: “Belfodil did well until he got tired. The young guys need a bit of time to take off, that’s the difference between them and established stars.”

Mazzarri was then told about Vincenzo Montella’s comments regarding Inter and their coach: “Clearly he wants to show that he’s always calm, he didn’t feel good at the end of the match or he wasn’t: I said that Fiorentina can compete for the Scudetto. Unlike him, I didn’t say so before the match, I didn’t respond to him when he spoke about Inter, now he’s still at it and he’s talking without checking his facts, Inter have the third highest wage bill, not the second. Plus we should mention that Inter’s wage bill has been cut from 190 million to 80 million, and that other teams have gone past us. Mathematical facts aren’t opinions, they’re facts, but if he wants to talk about the business of other clubs’cal…”.