Sunday October 18 2015
Mancini: 'Inter fell away'

Roberto Mancini was “satisfied overall” with Inter’s performance against Juventus, even though “we fell away after the break.”

Both sides hit the woodwork in the 0-0 draw at San Siro with Marcelo Brozovic and Sami Khedira.

“We used the 4-2-3-1, as we did in the second half with Sampdoria. I was satisfied overall, it was a game of few chances, but I had some players back from international duty on Friday,” Mancini told Sky Sport Italia.

“We went a little too deep in the second half and struggled compared to the first. At the end of the day, such a tough and hard-fought match was good and I’m sure Juventus will be back challenging for the Scudetto within a couple of months.”

Stevan Jovetic was on fine form despite an injury, wreaking havoc and forcing several yellow cards.

“I thought the first half was his best performance in an Inter shirt so far, but he and everyone fell away in the second half because fatigue set in.

“Brozovic was there to cause problems for Juventus with his diagonal runs. Mauro Icardi has to do better, but with strikers there are moments when things go well and others when they struggle. He will get his goals eventually.

“We struggled a little to begin with on Juve’s passes, so I asked Brozovic to stay tighter and we attacked more down the left.”

A victory would’ve allowed Inter to become Serie A leaders again, but they are still behind Fiorentina despite the Viola’s 2-1 defeat at Napoli and now on level terms with Roma.

“We are in second place and only one point off the top, so we’re in a good position. This year it will be a very difficult campaign for everyone, as every single match requires a battle, even ones that might’ve seemed easy in other terms. It’s a very balanced League.”