Inter Captain Javier Zanetti concedes “unfortunately you pay for certain mistakes in the Champions League.”
The Nerazzurri lost 5-2 in the first leg and not only could they not overturn it in Germany, they also fell 2-1 on Schalke's home turf.
“We knew it was going to be difficult, even if we didn't play the way we should've done,” Zanetti told Rai Sport.
“Unfortunately you pay for certain mistakes in the Champions League.”
Raul gave Schalke the lead on the stroke of half-time then, after Thiago Motta's equaliser, the Inter offside trap was sprung again by Benedikt Howedes.
“It's true that Raul's goal came from our mistake, because at that moment we were in control of the game.”
They are out of the Champions League and third in Serie A, but Zanetti has not lost hope of the title.
“Of course we believe in the Scudetto, as there are still six games to go.”