Simone Inzaghi is proud of Inter Milan’s display against Real Sociedad despite the fact that they failed to top their Champions League group.
The Nerazzurri spoke to Italian broadcaster SportMediaset, via FCInterNews, after the 0-0 draw.
Inter were not able to secure top spot in their Champions League group.
The Nerazzurri had already booked their place in the knockout rounds with a couple matches to spare. But this evening, they needed a win if they were to finish top spot.
In the end, Real Sociedad were able to hold out for a point. That means that the La Liga side will finish top of the group rather than Inter.
Inter did even have some good chances to score. But in the end they were not able to finish any of them.
Some disappointment is only natural.
Inter will now almost certainly face a tougher draw in the next round.
Inzaghi Proud Of Inter Despite Failure To Top Champions League Group
After the match, Inzaghi said that “We played an excellent match, against an absolutely top-class opponent.”
“We wanted to finish top of the group,” the coach admitted.
“But there are always teams standing in the way.”
“We didn’t concede anything,” Inzaghi noted of this evening’s match.
“And we had two clear chances in the first half, and then two more after Lautaro came on.”
“In one he was called offside, but it would have been reviewed.”
The Inter coach continued “I’m happy. We never lost our shape we had the first time we faced them.”
“We should have made better use of the good play that we created,” Inzaghi added.
As for whether there are any teams in particular he wants to avoid in the next round, Inzaghi replied “Absolutely Not.”
“I don’t want to see any long faces,” he added. “Only smiles.
“We qualify for the knockouts for the third consecutive season,” the coach noted.
“We wanted to get a win in front of our fans, but we didn’t succeed. But still, we have to be happy.”
And regarding the squad rotation, Inzaghi said that “These are choices that need to be made.”
“It’s still December, and we need to get to June. Lautaro and Barella are very important players for us, and they needed a breather.”
“And then they were still able to change the game for us for the last 35 minutes,” Inzaghi noted.