Sunday December 8 2013
Mazzarri: 'Inter feel the pressure'

Walter Mazzarri believes Inter’s 3-3 draw with Parma and slowdown in results are “players feeling the pressure.”

It was a third consecutive Serie A stalemate and the Coach told Sky Sport Italia his theory.

“I believe many of these players were unaccustomed to being first choice for Inter and they have started to feel the responsibility of that.

“We had a terrible start and after the blow took 10-15 minutes to wake up. We must reflect on how we deal with the various moments of a match, as we often go too deep when taking the lead and drop points by the wayside.

“We dropped two points against Sampdoria, while tonight it was a balanced encounter and anything could’ve happened. We could easily have lost.

“At times not losing is important when you are trying to help a young and inexperienced team to grow. We deserved more in other games, but probably not in this one.”

The Nerazzurri are particularly shaky at the back, conceding five goals in their last two official games.

“When we started this season, we had to shake off the past and with a good start people started to expect certain things from this team. That is where the problem started, as the players are unaccustomed to having the pressure of being expected to win every time.

“I told the lads at half-time to go out, not think about anything and just play our style of football. It worked, until we went 3-2 up and then we relaxed again with the usual problems.

“Don’t forget we also went 2-1 down before the break when we were playing better and Samir Handanovic had that unfortunate incident.”

Mazzarri also believes Inter should’ve had a penalty for an Alessandro Lucarelli nudge on Ricky Alvarez.

“I saw it from the touchline and it seemed like a clear penalty. I’ve seen much softer fouls than that given this season. These things don’t usually get given to us, so what can we do? One day an official might give us a spot-kick by accident.”