Former AC Milan and Real Madrid head coach Fabio Capello believes that Inter were the side with the better chances in yesterday’s Champions League draw with Shakhtar Donetsk despite having seen less of the ball.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia after the match, the 75-year-old gave the view that the Nerazzurri looked likelier to score even though the Ukrainians were better at keeping the ball.
Inter took a cautious approach against Roberto De Zerbi’s Shakhtar Shakhtar team, allowing the Ukrainians to play their game and circulate possession rather than being aggressive trying to disrupt their rhythm.
The Ukrainian side probed looking for openings, especially in the second half, while the Nerazzurri fought hard defensively to ensure that the possession came to little in the way of clear chances to score.
When they did get the ball, the Nerazzurri’s intention looked to be to quickly get it forward and try to create opportunities, something they did with some success though not as much as has been seen in some of their recent Serie A matches.
“Inter had four scoring chances, but have not played a lot,” Capello reflected. “Shakhtar always looked dominant, even if they created little. They had possession, but Inter created a lot – when they got closer to the goal, it was always dangerous.”
He continued, “Shakhtar created problems with the technical quality of their Brazilians. Inzaghi made questionable changes, even if they gave an injection of life to the attack.”