Walter Mazzarri said Inter “need to be more clinical if we want to compete for the top” after a 2-0 win over Atalanta.
“We started well and created good early chances, which wasn’t easy against Atalanta, who make life difficult for everyone. We barely allowed them anything,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“If we want to be picky, then we should’ve scored the second goal earlier and not suffered under pressure for 10 minutes.
“If we want to compete for the top then we have to be more clinical. We had so many chances to finish it off, even with a penalty, but not only that.
“When Atalanta attack en masse and leave spaces, we need to be better at finishing off the game.”
Hernanes converted a free kick with a fierce strike to secure the victory late on.
“I am happy for him, as he is an exemplary professional. When you score a goal it helps restore confidence, of course.”
So far this season Inter have scored 10 Serie A goals and conceded only one in four games.
Daniel Osvaldo scored with a spectacular scissor-kick volley, coming off the bench for the injured Mauro Icardi.
“I was pleasantly surprised by him as a person, because he had a reputation as having a tricky character, but he is great in the locker room and a fine professional. In my view he just needs to work harder and be more consistent throughout the game.”
Icardi hobbled off with a suspected sprained knee and Mazzarri confessed he is worried.
“We will evaluate it tomorrow, but hope to have him back soon. If he asks for a substitution, it means it really hurt.”