Inter Milan goalkeeper Yann Sommer admits that there was a lot of caution in the second half of this evening’s match against Juventus.
The 34-year-old spoke to Italian broadcaster DAZN after the match to give his reaction, via FCInterNews.
Sommer had to pick the ball out of his own net in the first half after Dusan Vlahovic opened the scoring for Juventus. But other than that, the Swiss had little to do.
And at the other end, it wasn’t much different.
Inter captain Lautaro Martinez found the back of the net for the fifteenth time this season. He cancelled out the Bianconeri’s advantage after just a couple minutes.
But after that, Inter, like Juventus, failed to create any really telling chances.
This became more and more evident as the second half wore on.
Inter had the majority of possession, but didn’t really commit players forward.
And on the other side, Juventus looked happy to simply keep their Derby d’Italia at arm’s length with a defensive approach.
Clearly, both teams felt the significance of the occasion. A draw keeps the status quo of just a couple points separating the Nerazzurri and the Bianconeri at the top, and no one was going to throw that away to try and take three points.
Inter keeper Sommer admitted as much after the match.
Inter Keeper Yann Sommer: No Risks Taken In Second Half Vs Juventus
“In the second half you could see that neither team wanted to risk anything,” the Inter keeper said after the match.
“There weren’t many chances.”
“In the second half, it became very tactical match,” the Swiss added.
Sommer noted that “It’s always tough against Juventus because they defend well.”
“It was important for us to find the equalizer after they scored,” he said.
Sommer also praised his teammates. “As a goalkeeper it’s nice to play with defenders like we have in front of you,” he said,
“For us it’s key to defend the way we do,” he went on. “Because we have to give away as few chances as possible in this league.”
“Even this evening we saw how important it is to play out from the back well,” he said.
Of playing out from the back against Juventus, Sommer said that “They didn’t apply much pressure.”
“I saw all the possible options I had in front of me,” the 34-year-old explained.
“We played two touches and found the goal,” he noted.
“It’s always important to find the options between the lines and cause the opponent problems, even in a difficult away stadium like this.”