Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi is proud of his players despite the fact that they lost to Man City in the Champions League final this evening.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia after the match, via FCInterNews, the Nerazzurri coach also affirmed his hope that the team can make it back to the Champions League final soon.
Inter have fallen at the last hurdle in European football’s biggest club competition.
The Nerazzurri lost by the narrowest of margins, losing 0-1 to Manchester City in a match where they had plenty of chances to at least force extra time.
It comes as a bitter way in which to end a memorable European campaign for this Inter team.
However, for his part, coach Inzaghi is choosing the focus on the positive aspects. The 47-year-old feels that the team have given a great account of themselves even in defeat.
And he hopes that they can get right back to this stage soon.
Inter Coach Simone Inzaghi: Proud Of What The Team Did Vs Man City
Speaking after the match, Inzaghi said that “I gave the guys my compliments, they did brilliantly.”
“It’s a difficult moment for us,” he lamented. “We lost a final that we wanted at all costs, but we have to be proud.”
“Yesterday I said I would never trade the players I have for anyone, and today the whole world understood why.”
“We stayed strong together against a very strong team, and we conceded very little,” he continued.
“There are many regrets, but we have to be proud,” Inzaghi said. “I thank the fans who have been wonderful in allowing us to get this far.”
“Inter took to the pitch and played a serious, organized match,” the coach said.
He made clear that “There’s great regret.”
“I saw that the players were taking it hard, but that’s football.”
“It’s our fifth final in twenty months, we have to be proud.”
Inzaghi Rues Inter Milan’s Missed Chances
Inzaghi said that “In the first half we didn’t suffer a lot, but in terms of the quality of our play we could have done better.”
“In the second half we created a lot of chances during our best moment,” he continued.
“We were unable to finish, but in the second half we hit the crossbar, there was Gosens’s header, the save on Lukaku where you can only wonder how it didn’t go in,” Inzaghi said.
“I would have liked to play extra time,” the coach admitted.
Inzaghi Confident Inter Can Be Back In UCL Final Next Season
Asked if he thinks the team can be back at this stage next season, Inzaghi replied that “We’ve seen it on the pitch. City are a great team.”
“This Champions League run has been exceptional, but we want to get back to the final.”
He added that “We have the chance to go back.”
“We need to keep growing, play like we have in the last three months and have all our players available.