Saturday December 30 2017
Ranocchia: 'Inter couldn't lose this'

Andrea Ranocchia felt Inter’s point against Lazio was “positive, as the important thing was not to lose against direct rivals” for Europe.

“We kept a clean sheet and that is very important. It’s a pity, as we wanted the three points on home turf, but then we didn’t lose against a direct rival for position, so that’s positive,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia after the goalless draw.

“We needed a boost while we find our feet again. We’ve had some injuries and quite a few games close together, but that mustn’t be an alibi.

“The important thing today was not to lose against direct rivals, so we hung in there and got the point. I am happy that I got close to the fans again and I’m sure we will achieve great things this season, because the crowd always give a wonderful response.”

Yet there was controversy, because in the first half Antonio Candreva reacted angrily to the crowd behind the goal, spitting at them and swearing after they jeered him.