Inter chief Massimo Moratti insists that the defeat to Roma could be a blessing in disguise for his outfit.
The Nerazzurri were soundly beaten 3-1 at home by Zdenek Zeman’s side in last night’s biggest Serie A game of the weekend.
“This experience should serve both the Coach and the club as a whole so we can see where we need to improve,” he said outside of his Milan offices on Monday. “It's certainly a negative, but we can learn from it.”
The Beneamata have made some big squad changes this summer after the side failed to qualify for the Champions League.
“This is a very young team, with a lot of new players and they're still finding their feet,” the oil baron added. “Obviously there are high hopes for this group of players, but these things can happen.
“Our potential – both in terms of individuals and the team as whole – is still very real, it's just a case of gradually translating that into good performances, one game at a time.
“That's not something which is easy to do immediately.”
Moratti also insisted that Thursday’s efforts in Europe – a game against Vaslui which saw Luca Castellazzi sent-off – was also a factor in the defeat.
“One of the things we have to get used to is playing the Europa League on a Thursday which will make things physically difficult for the players,” he added.
“We need to look at ways of ensuring the lads come into games feeling fresh on a Sunday.
“Yesterday's game will go down as experience and the battle we had on Thursday clearly caught up with us more than we expected it to.”
Moratti was then inevitably asked about Giampaolo Pazzini’s hat-trick for Milan on Saturday – just weeks after he switched San Siro clubs.
“No I wasn’t sore about it, of course not. Having said that, I'd have preferred it if he'd done that for us rather than them…”
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