Luciano Spalletti insists he didn’t insult the officials, but relished Inter’s dramatic victory over Sampdoria. “We must always live on the edge.”
There were three goals disallowed at Marassi – two for Inter, one for the hosts – before Marcelo Brozovic fired in at the 94th minute.
Spalletti screamed into a television camera and was then sent off for dissent.
“I turned towards the television camera to shout goal and the fourth official told me I had done so with excessive impetus,” Spalletti explained to DAZN.
“I had turned towards the camera because it was an important goal, but they interpreted it as an excessively emotional reaction.”
It was their second last-gasp victory in a week, following the Champions League comeback from 1-0 down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.
“This way of winning shows the character of this team, which keeps fighting for every ball and stays in the game. It might mean taking a few risks, but we are Inter and we must always live on the edge to get a victory.
“Seeing this passion gives me greater strength to go forward and I’m glad that element is here rather than the tactics, as those will come with time.
“We took this issue of character to each and every player individually to make sure it was absorbed the right way.”