Walter Mazzarri insisted “it’s too early to talk about Europe” after Inter beat Parma to consolidate fifth place.
It was a head-to-head at the Stadio Tardini and they survived an Antonio Cassano penalty to win 2-0.
“We did well today, but it’s too early to talk about Europe as already secure,” warned the Coach on Sky Sport Italia despite going five points clear of sixth.
“We still have to play against Napoli, Milan, Lazio and a Chievo side fighting for safety. The League is difficult and we have to take it one game at a time.
“In general we have played well in other games, but not managed to get the victory. It’s true we still don’t know how to control a lead, but we have many young players who need to grow.
“It is a season in which we must lay the foundations for the next few years. Even when Parma were a man down, we lacked that ruthlessness to finish them off.”
Samir Handanovic got a fingertip to Cassano’s penalty, then Gabriel Paletta was sent off.
“Handanovic practices on penalties during the week and studies his opponents. He has always been good at spot-kicks, even when he was at Udinese.”
Mazzarri was asked about Mauro Icardi, who hit the headlines repeatedly for his love triangle with Maxi Lopez and public provocation of the Sampdoria striker.
“I was more worried when Mauro couldn’t train. I have an excellent rapport with him, he works hard in training and is improving in several different aspects.
“On a professional level I can only be happy and have nothing to criticise him for. I am not interested in what he does outside of football, but at the training ground his behaviour is perfect.”