Italian journalist Mario Sconcerti believes that Inter’s Champions League defeat at the hands of Real Madrid was evidence that there is still a step up between the two sides.

Writing in his column in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, Sconcerti gave the view that the Nerazzurri still looked inferior to the Merengues on the night as they fell to defeat yesterday evening.

Inter went into the head-to-head clash with Real feeling fairly optimistic that they had the ability to take three points and leapfrog the Spanish side into top spot in their group.

However, despite some very positive play by the Nerazzurri throughout the match, it was the Merengues who looked the more clinical, mature, and in-control of the two teams even when they allowed Inter to keep possession of the ball.

In the view of Sconcerti this was a confirmation that a gap still exists between the two sides.

“I was disappointed by Inter,” he writes, “who confirmed the gap already seen at the San Siro in Madrid.”

He goes on that “Real play at their own pace but seem to win automatically. After an hour Inzaghi had already made all the changes, a clear sign he had abandoned hope.”