Tuesday December 12 2017
Colucci: ‘Like winning the Coppa’

Pordenone Coach Leonardo Colucci says “I couldn’t ask for more” as taking Inter to penalties “is like winning the Coppa for us”.

The third division side held the Serie A leaders to 0-0 over 120 minutes, before being eliminated 5-4 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

“The lads were brilliant, we didn’t lose this match and I couldn’t ask for more,” Colucci told Rai after the final whistle.

“Taking Inter to penalties is like winning the Coppa for us. On penalties I even thought we could go through, and I appreciate all those who had the courage to take one.

“[Inter Coach Luciano] Spalletti told me that we deserved to go through, and I thank him for his sincerity.

“From tomorrow we get our feet back on the ground and on Sunday we have Renate waiting for us.

“Everyone had their heads down in the dressing room, and I understand that, but they have the mentality and they’ll pick themselves back up again.

“They have to remember that we only lost on penalties to the Serie A leaders, and we created four or five scoring chances.

“Now we have to turn the page, we’re feeling a lot of bitterness but the beauty of football is that we have another game on Sunday.”

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