Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi is happy with what his team showed against a top-tier Liverpool side, but regrets that they couldn’t turn this performance into progression to the next round.
Speaking to InterTV after yesterday evening’s Champions League round of sixteen second leg against Liverpool, the coach emphasized that the team had played well over both legs, but still exit from Europe’s top competition.
Inter can take some solace in the impressive feat of handing Liverpool their first home defeat in over a year, but in the end it wasn’t enough to overturn the 2-0 deficit from the first leg of the tie.
The Nerazzurri will feel that they hadn’t necessarily performed worse in the first leg which they lost, than in the second which they won on the night.
However, at the highest level of European football, sometimes a good performance is not enough, and Inzaghi saw his team punished for faltering in the key moments of the tie.
“We played a great match,” he said, “we feel some regret over the first leg where we didn’t deserve to lose 2-0.”
“Now we have to recover our energies,” he went on, “we did our best against one of the strongest teams ever. I think we played on equal terms in this two-legged tie against Liverpool.”
“Now let’s look to our next big match which is against Torino,” the coach continued, “we’ll have another difficult match right away.”
Regarding the goal by Lautaro Martinez, Inzaghi said that “I’m happy, it was a great goal, but he’d also ended his goal drought in the league. We have to give our best with all the strikers we have.”