Sunday December 7 2014
Mancini: 'I am absolutely livid'

Roberto Mancini is “absolutely livid” after Inter threw away a lead to lose 2-1 against Udinese. “It was a blackout.”

The Nerazzurri suffered their second consecutive Serie A defeat after a 4-2 at Roma.

“I can say the first half we played really well, allowed Udinese nothing, were aggressive and had the chances to score more,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“For about 15 minutes we had a blackout in which we allowed Udinese to score and conceded two goals – although one of them let’s be honest we basically scored against ourselves. They also had two or three counter-attacks in that period.

“In football it can happen to concede a goal and games last 93-94 minutes. We scored first, conceded the equaliser and should’ve continued playing the way we did in the first half. For some reason we didn’t manage that.”

Mancini was asked whether Inter were psychologically fragile, something the team had already shown under Walter Mazzarri.

“I think the first half my players were excellent and did what we’d been trying in training. Considering all that, it was improbable that it would only be 1-0 at the break.

“I don’t think it was fatigue and we must understand that situations can change during a game and we need to adapt.

“In the second half we seemed to almost not go for 50-50 balls, perhaps because we were demoralised, but that certainly didn’t happen in the first half.

“Our midfielders went too far forward instead of staying in their positions, the defence was too deep and the goal changed our approach.

“I am absolutely livid with this defeat, but very happy with the first 45 minutes. I know it doesn’t count for a damn thing now, but that first half is what I want Inter to be.

“This must remain a real team and not just collapse when they concede a goal. It’s not possible for them to get so downhearted so quickly.

“It’s not easy in two weeks to create the attitude we had in the first half, but ultimately points count. Against Roma we also threw away the result by gifting them goals. We can’t do anything about it now other than roll our sleeves up, keep working and hope things will change.”

The January transfer window is coming up, so will Mancini seek to reinforce?

“I can’t afford to think about the market right now. I believe in the squad, as I repeat that first half performance was everything I was after. We just need to keep that up for 90 minutes and have more quality in the final third, as when you dominate to that degree you need to convert the chances.”

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