Saturday September 21 2019
Giampaolo: 'Inter more experienced'

Marco Giampaolo insists the only difference between Inter and Milan was “experience and we had been able to bridge that gap to a certain degree.”

The Rossoneri were beaten 2-0 by their city rivals in the Derby della Madonnina, barely forcing a save out of Samir Handanovic, whereas Inter hit the woodwork three times and were denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma heroics.

“We were too hesitant at the start, then as the game progressed, Inter showed their greater experience,” the tactician told DAZN.

“The goal broke the deadlock and I was not happy to see that we reacted in an emotional way, so became less organised and less united.

“Milan were in the game throughout and only had that slight gap in terms of experience, which we had been able to bridge to a certain degree.

“Players were going into areas of the pitch they were not supposed to be in, so when losing the ball, we left gaps uncovered. I hadn’t minded the performance, as playing high we needed to run some risks and that is a choice we made. Sitting back and trying to play on the counter would’ve been a waste of energy.

“I liked the courage to keep pushing the ball forward and that lasted up until the opening goal, when we lost our shape. That showed a lack of maturity.”

Giampaolo surprised everyone by picking Rafael Leao in the starting XI, when the 20-year-old Portuguese striker had played only 15 minutes against Udinese in August.

“Leao is a good player, he is fast, agile and has skill. I thought his pace could cause problems for the Inter defence. He must learn to stay in the game throughout.

“Diego Godin up against him, for example, is a difference in experience. The good thing is that Leao is not a timid player, by any means.”

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