Legendary former Inter defender Beppe Bergomi feels that the Nerazzurri had control of the match in Saturday’s derby loss to AC Milan until the Rossoneri found an equalizing goal midway through the first half.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, Bergomi gave the view that the Inter players showed a lack of mental strength to fall apart once the Rossoneri started taking the game to them.

Inter started off with some bright moments in a derby that was as fiery as ever and at times end-to-end, and looked to have gotten the start that they wanted with Marcelo Brozovic’s opening goal.

However, an equalizing goal from Rafael Leao less than ten minutes after seemed to be a decisive shift in the momentum and gave the Rossoneri a major foothold, with the Nerazzurri looking confused as to how to react and withstand the pressure.

Bergomi gave his analysis, stating that “Until the equalizer, Inter were in control. Milan always have difficulty against Inter, they were out of shape due to the movement of Tonali, and found themselves outnumbered in certain areas of the pitch.”

“I’s underline one thing,” he then went on. “There was a lack of mental strength. They conceded the goal for 1-1 and then they seemed to leave the game for the end of the first half and the start of the second.”

“Then they got back into it after the substitutions, and could have even deserved a draw, but everything else is cause for worry,” Bergomi added. “It’s one thing to concede an equalizer, but then you have to stay in the game.”

“Milan does this,” he suggested, “while Inter on the other hand always have problems with it.”