Inter President Massimo Moratti hailed his team after going out on away goals to Tottenham, 4-4 on aggregate. “We’re all very proud of this team.”
The Nerazzurri had lost the first leg 3-0 at White Hart Lane, but won by the same scoreline at San Siro to force extra time. A 4-1 victory was not enough, so they crashed out of the Europa League in the Round of 16.
“The players did what the media did not want to predict, which was bring out all their pride,” Moratti told Inter Channel.
“We are all very proud of this team and I can only compliment them on their efforts. We still went out, but if it had been the Champions League then I would’ve been much more disappointed with that...
“Extra time could certainly weigh on us on Sunday against Sampdoria, but psychologically this was a very important game.
“All of us fans want to throw everything out when things go badly, but when things go well we understand better the qualities that each individual has.
“Tonight we realised that we can count on certain young players and others that are not so young, those who have character and pride. This mix is what must be maintained.”