Walter Mazzarri has urged his Inter side not to make the same mistakes again as they prepare to face Udinese tomorrow.
The Nerazzurri play the Zebrette in the Coppa Italia fifth round, and the Coach has claimed that his men can’t repeat the mistakes they made against Lazio on Monday.
“Yes [it’s a good thing that we’re playing straight away], and that's exactly what I've said to the lads - let's not make the same mistakes we made against Lazio because regardless of what happened over the 90 minutes, we didn't deserve to lose,” he told Inter Channel.
“We need to transform this particular mood in the camp into something positive.
“I think our specific targets for this year should be what I said the very first day. We need to play every match as if it were a final so that we can grow and become competitive again.
“It's great if we win the Coppa Italia but it mustn't be seen as a specific target. Having said that, we'll obviously do everything we can to go through. Unfortunately Icardi – since everyone seems to be saying we should play with two strikers – won't be available because of problems stemming from his operation.
“I'd just like to point out that I've almost never had both strikers - Milito and Icardi – available, so if people who want to criticise they should pay a bit more attention to things like that.”
Mazzarri then commented on comparisons between his Inter side and Andrea Stramaccioni’s from last term.
“I hope that the Inter fans – who seem to know their stuff – are not misled when incomplete information is given. I also saw a comparison made between Inter and Milan today.
“If people want to do that, then let’s not forget how many points this team I inherited earned in the second half of last season.
“You should look at how the season ended and the fact that the players who finished last season then started this season with me. And even then you can't compare because the team that started last season had four or five different players to the ones I've had this year. And of course it's a totally different season.
“Last year Milan finished third with the same squad that began this year – they even strengthened during the close season. And at the moment nine points separate us.
“I don't really want to get any further into this, I'd just like to say that I saw our season being put on a par with Milan's and I'm don't think that's right because there's a huge difference, even without considering that they're nine points behind us.”