Mazzarri: “The red card on Vidic was absurd”
Walter Mazzarri was interviewed by Sky Italia immediately after his Inter played Torino in a goal-less draw at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin.
“It was a balanced game, we knew that it’s not easy to come here and create a lot of goalscoring chances. It’s hard to find any spaces and we didn’t take advantage of the chances we had. We tried to win until the very end but were n’t able to do so. That’s how it went. I always expect the best from my players but there are many aspects to consider here. We have the new Medel who did very well. All in all we played well, it’s difficult for anyone to play here.”
Mazzarri was then asked to comment on the decisions of the referee and what he thought about them: “If you give the first penalty then you have to give the one on Icardi, which was much more evident and clear than the one awarded to Quagliarella. It makes me angry on the pitch, then you leave and state things as they are and you move on. There was no penalty on Quagliarella, whilst the one on Icardi is one and is much more clearer than the first one.”
The Inter tactician was asked to explain why he started the match with a lone striker up front to which he simply replied: “Because I don’t have otehr strikers who are ready to play 90 minutes. Osvaldo isn’t feeling very well and I asked him for half an hour. I could have started with Bonazzoli but I think he is too young. I wanted Hernanes and Kovacic higher upp the pitch, just like the full-backs. We could have played poorly even like this and it would have been very difficult even with 2 strikers. However, I’m saying that if Osvaldo would have felt better I would have started with two strikers. Last year in this stadium all the big teams sweated. We can’t forget that we didn’t have Palacio and that Osvaldo is at around 40-50% fitness, so we only had Icardi left who is doing good. Palacio would have done us a lot of good today.”
Finally Mazzarri was asked to give his thoughts on the red card shown to Vidic: “The referee made a mistake. Like they do in England, Vidic applauded for a foul that the referee had given and Doveri misunderstood it completely. It’s absolutely absurd. Transfermarket? The club has done well, we hope to do better than we did last year.”
Moments later Mazzarri spoke to MediasetPremium where he reiterated his thoughts on Vidic’s red card and the penalty given to Torino as well as not given to Inter. “Neither one was a penalty but the moment when you give the first one you have to also give the second one on Icardi which was a much more clearer penalty. Vidic was fouled and applauded the referee, there waqs no irony intended, it’s an absurd red card. Even matches are destroyed by events like this and it could have also happened here today.”
“If we missed Lavezzi today? Also Palacio, we can’t forget about him” Mazzarri concluded.