Inter defender Nicolo Barella is disappointed by the experience of missing out on the Serie A title, but he feels that it was also an experience that will have helped the team grow.

Speaking in a press conference with the Italian national team, as reported by FCInterNews, the 25-year-old opened up about his feelings at the Nerazzurri’s narrow failure to win the Scudetto for the second season in a row.

Inter took the title race down to the final day of the Serie A season, but in the end a perfect sequence of matches by AC Milan in the run-in meant that they were unable to catch up to their city rivals.

This came not long after Barella and his international teammates also failed to qualify for the World Cup, the second edition of the competition in a row that Italy have not reached.

However, for the 25-year-old who had won the Serie A title with Inter and the Euros with the Azzurri just last year, this is all part of the highs and lows of football, and something that he believes can be learned from.

“I’m so sorry not to have won the Scudetto and not qualified for the World Cup,” Barella said, “but it would be too easy if everything went well – sometimes suffering makes you stronger more than winning.”

He added that “Since I started playing I’ve experienced so many disappointments and so many joys. I try to learn everything that I can from all different situations.”