NEWS
Sunday April 19 2015
Inzaghi: 'Milan tried everything'

Pippo Inzaghi insists Milan tried everything to win the derby and have regrets over their first half chances.

Both sides had goals disallowed in the 0-0 Derby della Madonnina, a point apiece which does precious little for either team.

Inter had strong penalty appeals for a Luca Antonelli handling offence, though Hernanes appeared to kick it on to his arm.

“They were very close, I think it was involuntary. It’s true we’ve seen penalties given for less, but I generally wouldn’t give a penalty for that,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“I expected more in that period from the 20th minute to half-time, when we had a lot of possession, moved well down the wings and had several chances. We should’ve scored.

“My team gave its all, both sides tried to win it and we know the derby weighs heavily on a campaign. We could’ve won, we could’ve lost, so in the end the draw is the right result.

“If we lost out on our targets, it certainly wasn’t because of this game, but rather the results in January when we had an injury crisis.

“We must battle it out with everyone and be more present in the box when the crosses do come in.”

President Silvio Berlusconi said only a victory would take Milan out of the crisis, so what does this 0-0 reflect?

“We had two very difficult months and since the game with Fiorentina I think we’ve been playing well. Of course we cannot think of never being under pressure, but we will fight it out for every game for the rest of the season and end it in a dignified manner.”

Inzaghi now has to work on the future – assuming he will still be there – and transforming the current squad.

“At the end of the season we will evaluate. I’ve been here for a while now and think I’ve got the hang of many situations.

“Let us also not forget we’ve played almost the whole season without Riccardo Montolivo, who is our captain, an Italy international and a leader, as well as a figure whose characteristics are not reflected in the other players.

“I threw on Alessio Cerci and Mattia Destro, so I tried to win with all the weapons in our armory. There was a period before the break when we should’ve scored, as we had numerous chances and were consistently pushing them down the right.

“After the break we got too stretched out, but it’s not as if we didn’t go out there looking for the victory.”

Suso was given his first Serie A start this evening, although he arrived from Liverpool in January.

“Suso did very well tonight. I saw him improving a great deal in recent weeks and I knew with the diamond midfield we’d create superiority in that area.

“I think he was a great signing, he’s also a very professional player and you can see he wants to learn.”