Former Inter defender Massimo Paganin believes that the club’s Scudetto success means that their controversial 3-2 loss to Juventus yesterday means little.
Antonio Conte’s side fell to defeat in the Derby d’Italia at the Allianz Stadium after a contentious late Juan Cuadrado penalty settled the game, although it was the latest in a number of stand out decisions by referee Gianpaolo Calvarese.
Appearing on InterTV earlier today, Paganin argued that Calvarese’s performance was easier to accept than in usual seasons, as Inter had already wrapped up the Scudetto before taking on Juventus.
“It was a match that we saw with a smile on our faces having already won the Scudetto, otherwise we would be discussing what happened in a different manner,” Paganin claimed.
“The Scudetto has already secured. We would have evaluated this match differently if it had been important, the penalty kick would have to be reviewed.”
Despite the defeat, the former Vicenza man felt that Inter had played well during the match, albeit whilst being slightly vulnerable defensively.
“Regardless of this, Inter played the match and managed it well, whilst perhaps conceding a little too softly. I liked how the team managed the game,” he added.
Paganin joined Inter from Brescia in 1993 and made 107 appearances for the Nerazzurri before departing for Bologna four years later. He helped Inter to the UEFA Cup in his debut season with the club.