Stefano Pioli was pleased with Inter’s determination to grab a 2-2 draw with Milan. “I gave clear ideas and concepts of football.”
This was his debut on the bench after Frank de Boer was sacked just 84 days into the job.
Suso had twice put the Rossoneri in front, but Antonio Candreva and a last-gasp Ivan Perisic tap-in snatched a stalemate.
“I don’t think we deserved defeat considering the performance, but we still have to improve in many areas,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.
“I tried to give some balance to the team and we knew that we couldn’t be perfect already. We allowed a few too many counters in the first half because the preventative marking wasn’t always done correctly. We needed organisation and balance.
“I asked the team to put in heart and soul, which I think the lads did tonight. We have to work on our solidity, but I liked the pressing game and we must learn to press with the right timing and positioning.”
Inter seemed to be a very different side under Pioli, so what did he change from De Boer?
“I don’t think there’s a system issue, but of having clear ideas and concepts of football. I got a good response from the lads with their determination this evening.
“Much of the improvement will be achieved through hard work. I have a selection of great players at my disposal and as a unit we can do much better. We have quality, but need more determination.
“We allowed Milan very little, but they still scored two goals on the counter-attack, so balance is essential. We had decent possession tonight, but didn't always look forward or give Mauro Icardi the right service."