Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi knows that his team were nowhere near their best as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Sassuolo this evening in Serie A.
Speaking in a press conference after the match, as reported by FCInterNews, the coach acknowledged that the team could not blame anyone other than themselves, while also expressing faith in Lautaro Martinez despite the striker’s recent form.
Inter were overrun on the counterattack to go 2-0 down to an excellent Sassuolo team in the first half at the San Siro, while in the second they were not able to score despite pushing for a goal.
The loss came at a bad time for the Nerazzurri, as they had already lost to AC Milan in the derby before dropping more points last weekend away to Napoli, and Inzaghi has no excuses for the lacklustre performance.
On the way his team gave the ball away in the first half to concede chances, Inzaghi said that “It was something we needed to be at our best at against a technical team who are great at counterattacking, who have already won on very difficult away grounds.”
“I’m frustrated about our approach,” he added. “Then we showed a great reaction, we created a lot and deserved to get a goal back. But in football anything can happen.”
He added that “I was very upset at the end of the first half because I wanted a different approach. I tried to give the team a spark with a couple of changes, but I wanted to make more.”
“We have to analyze the match calmly and understand why it went how it went,” he continued. “We expended a lot of energy on Wednesday, but today was important.”
The coach added, “And we see that it’s hard for everyone, all the top teams are a few points apart.”
Inzaghi went on that “This wasn’t the best opponent to face after Wednesday’s match. And we also had important players suspended.”
“But I don’t want to make any excuses,” he added, “we had to start the match better. And I have nothing to say about the second half.”
And on striker Lautaro Martinez’s recent lack of form in front of goal, the coach said that “This happens to all forwards, there are moments of form.”
“I remember it also happened to Immobile, or to my brother,” he added mentioning former AC Milan and Juventus striker Filippo Inzaghi.
“He just has to keep working,” the coach said of Martinez, “we aren’t used to not scoring for two games. We’re angry, but we are already getting ready for Friday.”