Saturday September 14 2013
Mazzarri: 'Inter on a par with Juve'

Walter Mazzarri was pleased with the Inter performance and content enough with the point against Juventus.

Mauro Icardi opened the scoring, but Arturo Vidal equalised less than two minutes later for a 1-1 draw at San Siro.

“We played on a par with a consolidated team, especially in the first half. After the break we even pushed for the victory, which is a big leap in such a short space of time together,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“I was interested in seeing this Inter. We had done very well against Genoa and Catania, but with all due respect they are not Juventus and I wanted to see how we’d approach this game.

“You could see we were a little tense in the first half, but the lads gave me an important response and I am proud of how they are playing at this stage of the year.”

Antonio Conte said this performance shows Inter can challenge for the Scudetto.

“I was telling Massimo Moratti that all you need is two games that go wrong and immediately everyone says you need reinforcements. It’s too early to discuss this sort of thing. We are growing, but we started from scratch and are so far above and beyond expectations.”

However, there were some issues that Mazzarri highlighted, as Juventus took just 80 seconds to equalise and almost went in front soon after.

“We need to talk, because after the goal we were convinced that we’d already won. We even risked losing a few minutes later, so we should’ve kept pushing.”

Asked about the referee, Mazzarri was irritated at the line of questioning.

“Vidal looked like he handled the ball on that incident, while Stephan Lichtsteiner should’ve received a second yellow card. I have decided not to talk about referees, anyway.”

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