Thursday March 14 2019
Handanovic: 'Lacked quality and character'

Inter captain Samir Handanovic was scathing in his assessment of their Europa League exit to Eintracht Frankfurt. “We lacked quality and character. It’s simple, really.”

The Nerazzurri had drawn the first leg 0-0 in Germany, meaning they needed to win at San Siro, but Luka Jovic pounced on a Stefan de Vrij error to score within six minutes.

Handanovic heroics kept the scoreline down to 1-0, but it proved enough, as his teammates never really looked like turning it around.

“The opening goal compromised many things we were meant to do. We lacked quality and character. It’s simple, really,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Eintracht were leaving us spaces to play in, but we lacked sharpness, both physical and mental. We knew they played open football, so our goal could’ve changed everything.

“It’s work pointing out we were in an emergency situation with very few players available and those who did play weren’t match fit. They put the effort in and that’s admirable, but we needed to do more.”

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