Sunday March 25 2012
Ranieri: 'Inter crumbled after goal'

Claudio Ranieri admits Inter made the same mistakes with Juventus and after the opening goal “the game was over for us.”

The Nerazzurri had numerous great chances in the first half and were kept out by Gigi Buffon’s heroics, but Martin Caceres’ free header and an Alessandro Del Piero strike sealed Juve’s 2-0 victory.

“There are regrets about this game, as for an hour we did very well, but the goal was down to yet another distraction on set plays. There were only four of them in our box, but we were drawn away by Mirko Vucinic,” said Ranieri.

“Andrea Poli was meant to be marking Vucinic, but Maicon lost Caceres because he was drawn to the Montenegrin. From there the game was over for us, as we lost in terms of intensity and determination on every ball.

“I am bitter at the result, because we held out very well against Juventus who deserve to be up there. We had studied this game and interpreted it very well, but only up until the Caceres goal. After that Juve legitimised the result with at least three scoring opportunities.

“Our defect is that we tend to lose sharpness at the first setback. It had all gone so well up until the goal and Buffon was man of the match. We’ve got to fight to the end and we’ll see where we are when the games have been played.

“It’s true the gap is widening from the European places and there are fewer games left to catch up, but we will not give in.

“My future? I feel relaxed, you know how it is... We are doing everything we possibly can, the President knows that and we have to end the season well.”

See the latest Serie A predictions and betting tips with