Former Italy international Antonio Cassano criticizes Inter Milan’s performance against RB Salzburg and dwells on Nicolo Barella and his difficult period.

The Nerazzurri earned three vital points in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday. They toppled their Austrian visitors by two goals to one.

Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock in the first half. But a lovely team play from Salzburg bore an equalizer.

However, the Italians swiftly restored their lead thanks to a spot kick from Hakan Calhanoglu.

But similar to Arrigo Sacchi, Cassano wasn’t impressed by Inter’s European display.

The former Inter Milan. AC Milan and Roma forward felt that the Nerazzurri should have won comfortably against their young opponents.

“It’s always difficult in the Champions League, but Inter didn’t play a good match,” said the Bari native during the latest episode of Bobo TV via FcInterNews.

“With all due respect to Salzburg, Inter risked dropping points against a team of kids. And when you don’t win, you risk throwing everything down the toilet.

“Sanchez played a very good game, but the best player on the pitch overall was Frattesi. With the qualities that Inter have, they should have won more easily, but instead, life got complicated.”

Antonio Cassano Believes Nicolo Barella Could Be Struggling Due To The Emerging Threat Of Davide Frattesi

Cassano then discussed Barella who started on the bench before replacing Henrikh Mkhitaryan after the interval.

The retired striker says the 26-year-old didn’t produce a good performance and is now enduring a dark moment.

“Barella didn’t give a good performance. In my opinion, he’s going through a dark period.

“But the fans applauded him, showing their support by chanting his name. He’s struggling now, I have the impression that he no longer feels indispensable.

“Now there is Frattesi who throws himself into space and creates opportunities. He won the penalty for Inter.

“Frattesi is hungry and wants to assert himself. I fear the competition could put Barella in trouble.”