Inter captain Samir Handanovic feels that his team lacked a cutting edge in front of goal after their 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia after the Champions League clash earlier this evening, the 37-year-old rued the Nerazzurri’s missed opportunities to fail to get the three points needed to overtake Real in top spot in their group.
As had been the case in the reverse leg at the San Siro, Inter looked to play at a quick pace from the first whistle, pushing for an early goal.
Once again, the Nerazzurri created a number of goalscoring chances, but also once again they failed to find the back of the net across ninety minutes with every effort either blocked, saved, or off target.
A second half red card to Nicolo Barella all but ensured that the Merengues were able to see out the result, but the Nerazzurri will also have to look at their finishing as key on a disappointing night.
“We had a good game overall,” Handanovic reflected, “but we have to be more cynical. Today we had to find the target more when we shot.”
“We knew that to win we had to take risks, and from this their counters came,” he added.
The Slovenian explained that “We played our game, but we often lacked the finishing touch after getting in front of goal on numerous occasions.”
“We put Real under pressure in both matches , but the difference is this,” he reflected, “they exploited the opportunities they had, we had to exploit what they allowed us and didn’t.”
“It was a good match, we saw that in some matches we need something more,” Handanovic concluded.