Inter Coach Roberto Mancini insists “3-0 was an exaggerated result” for Juventus and pointed to the penalty incident.
Alvaro Morata converted a spot-kick after 36 minutes, then completed his brace before a Paulo Dybala goal in the Coppa Italia semi-final.
“It was a balanced game with Juve pushing harder. The penalty was awarded before the break, then clearly they waited to hit us on the break,” Mancini told Rai Sport.
“It was a strange match. Juve deserved to win, but 3-0 seemed exaggerated. Juve deserved to win, but I do not recall any Samir Handanovic saves, nor were we under any particular pressure.
“The second goal came from our error, as we cleared it to Morata and he scored. Then Juve sat back and focused only on the counter, then we went down to 10 men, so that was that.”
Inter have slipped down the Serie A standings too in recent weeks, so does this match reflect their crisis?
“No, I don’t think it reflects anything. It’s true this is the most delicate period of the campaign, but all we can do is stay calm and continue working despite the disappointment of the results, as that is the only way forward.
“We should’ve been more incisive in front of goal, but this was the match we expected. Juve pushed higher up the field, but they would not have scored without the penalty.”
The second leg is at San Siro on March 3, but Joao Miranda and Jeison Murillo will be suspended.
“This result is very difficult to overturn, especially as we’re missing Miranda and Murillo. We’ll think of something.”
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