Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi feels that his team did well just to stay in the match to draw late against Real Sociedad.
Speaking to Amazon Prime, via FCInterNews, the Nerazzurri coach reacted to the 1-1 draw and also explained why he decided to rotate his starting eleven for this evening’s match.
Inter got a point from their first Champions League match of the season.
But it was not one that looked likely for much of the match.
The Nerazzurri fell behind very early on, with an Alessandro Bastoni error in possession making it very easy for La Real midfielder Brais Mendez to score.
And from then on, it was not as though Inter looked much like getting back into the match.
On the contrary, it was Real Sociedad who were continuing to create dangerous chances.
Some outstanding saves by Yann Sommer and less-than-clinical finishing by the Spanish team, however, meant that as the final whistle drew nearer and nearer, Inter were still only a goal behind.
And then in the closing stages of the match, the Nerazzurri finally pushed forward and fashioned some opportunities.
One of these was taken by Inter captain Lautaro Martinez. Therefore, for as difficult a match as it was for the Nerazzurri, they at least head home with a point.
Inter Coach Inzaghi Reacts To Draw Vs Real Sociedad
Nerazzurri coach Inzaghi “I had foreseen that the match could go like that.
“We were up against a worthy opponent. We didn’t play well, we suffered, but we did well to stay in the match.”
“We drew, and then towards the end we wanted to go on and win it,” Inzaghi said.
“It was our our first match [in the competition], we’ll take this point,” he went on.
“We saw firsthand what I already said, that Real Sociedad are a good team,” Inzaghi added.
Of his lineup decisions, the Inter coach said that “I had a lot of tired players.”
“I made four changes from Sunday,” he noted. “And in the first half, it was the whole Inter team that suffered, not just four players.”
“Sommer helped us to stay in the match, and we played well in the last twenty minutes.”
The Inter coach further stressed that “I need all my players.”
“I would have also made a few other changes, but I had some players who were struggling so I made four changes.”
“Playing after the international break and then the derby, it was the right thing to do,” Inzaghi said.