Monday October 21 2013
Moratti: Inter caught off guard

Inter President Massimo Moratti has rued his side’s slow start during the 3-3 draw with Torino on Sunday.

In a topsy-turvy game, the 10-man Nerazzurri looked like they would collect the three points before conceding right at the end.

“The start was certainly not positive, they were caught off guard,” Moratti stated outside of his Milan offices this morning.

“Then they got back into it, but we need to make sure this doesn't happen too often because then you need to fight the whole game to get back into it.

“It was, without a doubt, a great match, the team played and managed it well despite being made to pay for switching off in the opening minutes.

“After that they started playing with character and gave everything.

“This might have gone down as a great game, but in the end the result hurts a little but, on the other hand, these things can happen.”

Inter boss Walter Mazzarri refused to speak to the media after the game in protest of a number of refereeing decisions.

“Let's say it didn't go our way but we're quite used to that,” added Moratti. “So, as such, it might have harmed us slightly, but perhaps not in a decisive way.

“I've got big doubts over the penalty, even as to whether it was a penalty at all,” he continued with regard to the incident which saw Samir Handanovic sent-off.

“But this is down to the referee or whoever advised the referee, seeing as now there are lots of them who discuss things on the pitch.”

The game was also the first of the Erick Thohir era after the latter bought 70 per cent of the club from Moratti last week.

“Yes, he watched it from Indonesia. He was sending me texts throughout on what he was feeling during the game and he was also gutted at the end about what happened.

“But he's someone who has the patience to understand these things.”

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