Inter Coach Simone Inzaghi: “We Had To Play Perfect Match But Made Too Many Mistakes Defensively, Bayern Extraordinary”
Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi feels that his team were not able to rise to the level needed to get a result from one of Europe’s elite in the form of Bayern Munich in their 2-0 Champions League loss this evening.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia after the match, the coach praised Bayern for their performance and gave the view that his team made too many defensive errors on a night when they needed to be virtually perfect against top-class opposition.
Inter were hardly favourites against Bayern given that the German champions are among the clear favourites to win the Champions League, but they still went into the match with plenty of hope of a result.
This was not immediately crushed, but as the match wore on it was clear that Bayern would be as difficult an opponent as their reputation suggests, and in the end the Bavarians were ruthless in punishing errors that they forced out of the Nerazzurri, deservedly winning 2-0.
“In the first twenty minutes we went into a lot of tackles against an intense, extraordinary team, one of the strongest in Europe,” Inzaghi said after the match. “After the opening goal, where we had to do better as a team by reacting quicker to Kimmich’s ball in, we created many chances but lacked the final ball technically.”
“Then we brought pressure and had the opportunities to get back in the match,” the coach continued. “Of course you have to play the perfect match against opponents like this, there was no match between us, but we were up against an absolutely top-class team.”
Of the defensive lapse that allowed Leroy Sane to score Bayern’s opener, the coach said that “We had to cover the ball because there were two players next to Kimmich. Then San scores a great goal after bringing the ball. We had to do better, we had to be perfect and we weren’t.”
Asked if he feels the team are making too many defensive mistakes in general this season, Inzaghi replied “Absolutely, yes, in the derby we made mistakes that saw us concede the second and third goals which were easily avoidable.”
“Tonight I don’t remember too many great saves from Onana but we had to be better at reading the game because they had players who know how to create danger from any situation,” he added.
“We didn’t need to concede the goal for 2-0 because at that point the match was open, there were spaces opening up to get to their penalty area but they defended well,” he added.