Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi feels that his team paid the price for a red card in a 3-1 Serie A loss to Napoli.
Speaking to Inter TV after the match, via FCInter1908, the coach was still keen to stressed that the Nerazzurri had kept themselves in the match in spite of Roberto Gagliardini’s sending-off, and also that now they must immediately turn their attention to Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia.
Inter’s run of eight straight wins across all competitions came to a screeching halt at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
It was a somewhat scrappy match, in which a first half red card to Gagliardini really set the dynamic.
Inter did hold on a while before conceding the opening goal to Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa midway through the second half. Then, Romelu Lukaku scored late on to seemingly give the Nerazzurri a precious point.
However, a screamer from Partenopei captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo sunk Inzaghi’s team late on.
Simone Inzaghi: Inter Milan Paid For Red Card Vs Napoli
“The team played a match with character,” Inzaghi said after the final whistle.
“We went down to ten in the 41st minute against the Italian champions,” he noted.
“We paid dearly for that rash moment, but in the second half we stayed alive, we were organized and determined.”
“After equalizing we conceded Di Lorenzo’s goal for 2-1, which was a worldie,” Inzaghi noted. “We regret it, because we never like losing.”
Inzaghi felt that his team approached the match like a top side, “Because Napoli are an organized, high-quality team who play great football.”
“We fought back punch for punch, and the man disadvantage meant we had to put a lot into it.”
“Now we have to recover physical and psychological energy,” the coach noted, “because we have the Coppa Italia final in two and a half days. That’s very important for us.”