Walter Mazzarri thinks Inter dropped two points in their 1-1 draw with Atalanta. “We deserved to win.”
The Nerazzurri took the lead against the run of play with Ricky Alvarez, then German Denis equalised. The second half was more in the hands of the visitors, who hit the woodwork with Mauro Icardi.
“In my view we deserved to win,” Mazzarri told Sky Sport Italia.
“If you look at the scoring opportunities, then we created more than Atalanta this evening, especially in the second half. We need to be more clinical and sharp in attack.
“We also have to improve our attitude and score more goals in this period that we’re missing Diego Milito. We were naive to give away a goal when in front. We have many aspects to improve upon in order to battle for the top spots.
“Atalanta are a strong side and I complimented Stefano Colantuono. Denis is one of the best centre-forwards in Italy. He didn’t play that much for me at Napoli, but when he did he was always ready. Now he has consistency, regular playing time and therefore more goals.”
Samir Handanovic went off at half-time after clutching his right hip in pain, while the slippery pitch made life difficult for many of the players.
“Handanovic just had a nasty knock, so it shouldn’t be serious, but he told me couldn’t continue,” explained Mazzarri.
“It was absurd in a Serie A game to see everyone slipping over so much. It looked like an amateur League.
“We were also tired, as we used up so much energy against Verona on Saturday that we couldn’t press the same way as usual. We ran out of steam as time went on.”
Mazzarri also outlined why he is now using Mateo Kovacic in the support role, moving Ricky Alvarez into midfield.
“Because Ricky runs more and also gives more guarantees when defending. Mateo did very well, but he seems to struggle physically.”
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