Italian journalist Mario Sconcerti feels that Inter started the Derby d’Italia loss to Juventus yesterday well but then ultimately stopped doing the things that they’d been doing well when the second half came around.

Writing in his column in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, Sconcerti argued that the Nerazzurri deserve credit for how they started the match, but ultimately were nowhere near good enough in the decisive moments of the second half.

Inter and Juventus both started the first half of yesterday evening’s match looking like they were very wary of making any mistakes or taking too many risks.

However, it was arguably the Nerazzurri who looked more threatening, as they created a couple of very good chances although they failed to take any of them.

In the second half, however, the Bianconeri were ruthless in punishing defensive lapses, whilst the Nerazzurri had no answers as even when they upped the tempo in search of an equalizer they never really looked all that likely of scoring.

“Inter fell away in the second half after they had promised a lot in the first half and just made a few errors,” Sconcerti argues.

“Inter have now suffered their fifth defeat,” he notes, “they played a solid match overall but there was a lack of consistency from Barella, and a lack of precision from Lautaro.”