Saturday April 5 2014
Mazzarri: 'I should've smashed it'

Walter Mazzarri said he “should’ve smashed up the locker room” to keep Inter focused after a 2-2 draw with Bologna.

The Nerazzurri have just three points from the last four rounds and again fumbled a lead against a team in the relegation battle.

“All a Coach can do is keep the team trained well, create chances, have an organisation that cuts out counter-attacks,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“As we are Inter and must always try to win, it can happen that we take the lead and then this fear sets in, as these are very young players. They feel the pressure after recent results.

“If we had continued playing the way we did when it was 0-0, then we may well have won. All this combines to mean we drop points and in pouring forward with some audacious substitutions we also run some risks at the back.

“Ricky Alvarez wide is different to Danilo D’Ambrosio and I was trying to push harder down the wing. Mateo Kovacic did very well with Hernanes in a 4-3-1-2 system.

“Bologna made it 2-2 with a hopeful cross into the middle. It’s just that kind of a moment.”

Inter are slipping down the standings and run the real risk of failing to qualify for Europe again.

“For those who saw the games all season, they’d think we deserve Europe. For those who saw the last four games they might think we didn’t. Football is not an exact science, so even a strong side might not qualify for Europe.

“It’s incredible, we seem to be missing clear goals and even managed to not score the only penalty we’ve received all season, despite a champion like Milito taking the responsibility.”

Curiously, the last penalty Inter received was in May 2013 and Alvarez missed it.

“Maybe we’re just so out of practice that we never score them! It was logical that Diego Milito would take the penalty, as he’s always taken them and he had fresh legs, unlike Rodrigo Palacio at that stage of the game.

“The team gave its all, we have to keep going and get to the end. I didn’t say we were unlucky, but that incidents went against us. Bologna’s first goal went through a sea of legs, the second went in because Rolando slipped over.

“I didn’t say bad luck, but it’s a moment that is going like this. What are the odds of having a penalty after 33 games and not converting it?

“It is the fourth time we have dropped points despite a very strong performance which I feel deserved a win. I have to reassure these lads somehow.”

The Nerazzurri have repeatedly fumbled leads recently, going from 2-0 up against Livorno and twice in front tonight with Bologna.

Mazzarri admitted it may well be a psychological issue within the Inter squad and he has to change tack.

“It’s just one of those periods where we pay the price for every single mistake. We analyse everything and correct errors in training, but we concede these strange goals. In Verona I shouted at the players at half-time to raise the adrenaline, as every now and then we lose concentration and intensity. We ended up winning.

“I regret now that tonight I told the players they were in control and to stay calm. I should’ve smashed up the locker room! These players need to be shaken up and have the adrenaline kept to a maximum.”

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