Sunday January 19 2014
Gasp: 'Genoa hungrier than Inter'

Gian Piero Gasperini insists he didn’t mean to insult Inter, but that Genoa’s “desire to win” was decisive today.

Luca Antonelli’s late header secured a 1-0 victory, Inter’s first defeat at Marassi in 20 years.

“It was a good game in tough conditions, as there was so much water. Inter are a physical side, but Genoa really did well and played with intensity today and this victory means a lot to us,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Without doubt the stadium and these fans help the team and give us something more, especially when we play with this hunger.

“I think at the end of the day we were on a par with Inter throughout and had our good chances to score, as did they. As the conditions got worse, we both had to sort of throw the ball into the box and hope for the best.

“I believe our desire to win was decisive and Fetfatzidis had a great game, constantly running at the Inter defenders.”

Gasperini took ‘revenge’ on the club that fired him after only a few weeks in charge and caused controversy before the game when suggesting Inter only became successful after the Calciopoli scandal of 2006.

“Even if I wasn’t there for long, I maintained a rapport of great respect and admiration with the Inter players. I have always tried to push forward and continue to respect them.

“I was asked about difficulties Coaches had at Inter and I said in the last 15 years or so the only ones who have done well there are Roberto Mancini and Jose Mourinho.

“I don’t think it is offensive, as other than them great players, great Coaches, mediocre player and mediocre Coaches, all seemed to make no difference.

“The only time any Coach managed to really do something good at Inter was straight after 2006. I’m sorry if they got angry, but there were many really nasty things said that wasn’t to do with Calciopoli.”