Saturday March 15 2014
Mandorlini: 'No Verona crisis'

Andrea Mandorlini was “disappointed” with Verona’s defeat to Inter, but laughed off suggestions of a crisis.

“Of course I was disappointed, as the team is playing and the results just don’t come,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia after a 2-0 loss.

“We tend to concede goals easily and despite creating we don’t finish off chances the way we used to a few months ago.

“The lads were intense for much of the game and kept a lot of possession, but we got a little stretched out at times. It wasn’t an awful performance and I saw the right approach. We thought that we could get points tonight.

“Crisis? We have 40 points, so it’s hardly a crisis. We had prepared this match in a certain way, it can happen to lose to Inter.

“We have belief in what we are doing and tested out some players who hadn’t been here in a while, but I’d say overall it has been more than positive for a side that was in Serie B last season.”

Verona had won eight of their opening nine home games, but are now without a victory at the Stadio Bentegodi in six attempts.

“Teams come here differently. At the start they didn’t expect very much and slightly underestimated us, whereas now they are at the Bentegodi with a different attitude.

“We’ve been at the top for eight or nine months, so it can happen to lose a little sharpness and at the moment we are conceding goals at every opportunity.

“Fortunately we amassed many points in the first half of the season.”