Inter midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan felt that his side did not deserve to fall to a 2-0 defeat to Juventus in the Derby d’Italia in Serie A this evening.

The Nerazzurri were undone by second half goals from midfielders Adrien Rabiot and Nicolo Fagioli, as Juventus moved ahead of them by a point in the table with victory at the Allianz Stadium.

Speaking to Italian television broadcaster DAZN after the final whistle in Turin, and as reported by, Mkhitaryan showed his frustration at not securing victory after what he felt was a good performance by the Nerazzurri.

“We dropped three points because obviously we deserved more,” the former Armenia international declared.

“It was an excellent first half and in the second half too we started well, then we lost something after their first goal.”

However, Mkhitaryan was adamant that Inter’s defeat was not down to mentality, merely an inability to force the game back into their favour against a resolute Juventus team.

“I don’t think there is anything mental, we are Inter and we know how to react.

“In my opinion we were unbalanced to recover and we lost the game, but in general I am confident, because we are strong and we can do much better without a doubt.”

Inter have been inconsistent in Serie A but Mkhitaryan urged his teammates to focus on enjoying a strong end to the calendar year before the World Cup break later this month.

“There are no easy games, we try to do our best. We started badly, but there is still time to correct ourselves.

“We are focused on winning these last two games and then there is the break. I have been in Italy for three years and I know that a new campaign is starting in January.

“For the first time there is a World Cup in the middle, but we can do nothing but prepare ourselves in the best possible way,” he concluded.

Mkhitaryan joined Inter from fellow Serie A club Roma on a free transfer this summer and has made 16 appearances for the Nerazzurri, scoring twice.