NEWS
Saturday December 16 2017
Spalletti: 'Unexpected Inter loss'

Luciano Spalletti concedes Inter “made too many simple errors” in the 3-1 defeat to Udinese and “must learn when you lower the intensity” there are consequences.

The Nerazzurri had been unbeaten so far this season, but lost that record at San Siro.

“It was a bit unexpected, the start of the second half, especially as we’d done well in the first half. We had the right distances, shape and attitude. We didn’t finalise our chances as well as usual, but we created them,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“In the second half, we made too many simple errors and Udinese managed to create this two-goal cushion. I tried to introduce Roberto Gagliardini to reduce the gap in physical strength, but it didn’t change anything.

“This must teach us that when you lower the intensity in a league with such narrow margins, you will drop points. Even the tiniest situations can make the difference.”

The defending seemed particularly poor on the third goal, as Antonin Barak was left totally unmarked at the back post to tap in a Jakub Jankto cross.

“We shouldn’t have been drawn to the ball on the right, but rather move away from it to protect the post. Instead, we indulged on the start of the move and were late getting to the finish point.

“It didn’t go our way for many reasons, as we hit the woodwork and fired off target. Udinese created an advantage and were able to comfortably sit on it, whereas we didn’t have players who could take men on and break down this defensive wall.

“We’d done it well in the first half, but in the second Udinese were excellent and we were poor.”

Spalletti was asked if Inter would act on the January transfer market, as he implied in yesterday’s Press conference that it could be the difference between a Scudetto push and just the top four.

“The market depends on some things. We probably need something to make that little step forward and reach completion, but it remains a very strong squad.”