Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi is disappointed that the Nerazzurri were not able to win and take three points from their trip to Genoa to face Sampdoria, but felt that the performance was strong.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia after the match, the Italian tactician gave his view that the Nerazzurri created enough chances to win the match, and expressed disappointment that they were not able to make the most of their opportunities.
Inter twice led at the Marassi before being pegged back on each occasion, with Sampdoria scoring the final goal of the encounter early in the second half to make the score 2-2.
A Federico Dimarco free-kick and a spectacular first-time finish by Lautaro Martinez from a strong Nicolo Barella run were cancelled out.
However, the Nerazzurri also had strong chances in the second half, with a Hakan Calhanoglu run and shot dragged narrowly wide of the bottom corner and an Ivan Perisic cross from inside the area being just overhit past the run of Edin Dzeko.
“There is regret because it was a game that we had to and wanted to win,” Inzaghi stated. “We went ahead twice, then we missed three straightforward chances.”
He went on, “Winning today would have been very important. The performance was there, all things considered, but we feel disappointed in the end.
“Sensi had started out well and then we had to play with ten men. We take only a point home, but we go forward with confidence.”
“It is normal that there is something to study calmly,” the manager said. “A team like us, after going ahead twice, must take home the victory.
“Then if we analyze the goals, the first is a fortuitous own goal and the second a worldie. Let’s take it for what it was.”
Updating on the situation of injured midfielder Stefano Sensi, he said, “Unfortunately he is not doing well. He came back half-fit, then he trained well and came on looking in good form.
“We had to use up a substitution for Dimarco’s enforced change, and finishing with ten men was not easy.”
“We also said this morning that the game would be more open at the end, even after the changes, and in fact we were creating a lot of chances.
“Then unfortunately we found ourselves down to ten men in the last twenty minutes and maybe even in danger of losing,” Inzaghi stated.
“It leaves a bad taste in our mouths,” he continued. “but now we must also get the players in good condition because they are important with all these commitments. On Wednesday we already have a very important match.”
“I’ve joined a very strong club, with good supporters and a strong team,” he went on. “We knew we could face problems, but after three games, two of which were away, we’ve taken seven points.”
“We needed to rebuild the team after the departures of some top players, but the club has done well to prepare by signing players functional for my ideas. Now on to Real Madrid,” said Inzaghi.
On whether a deep squad is easier or more difficult to manage than a smaller one, he said, “Maybe I will be able to answer later.
“I had seven players until Thursday and this morning I had to spend a lot since some had arrived only yesterday and those who had not needed to be refreshed.”
“Our squad needs to be equipped for the three competitions, so I want to have everyone available. Not having Bastoni and Sensi available was also a problem as they are very important in terms of squad rotation.”
As to whether any injured players will be able to return for the clash with Real Madrid this week he said, “Sensi certainly not, as for Bastoni we will see tomorrow based on more detailed scans.
“Dimarco, on the other hand, was only down with cramp.”