Spalletti bemoans Inter’s lack of quality in Europa exit

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 14: FC Internazionale coach Luciano Spalletti shouts to his players during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Internazionale and Eintracht Frankfurt at San Siro on March 14, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Luciano Spalletti admits Inter Milan’s exit from the Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt was a clear case of naivety and lack of quality.

The Nerazzurri started the game on the back of a scoreless draw from the first leg, which meant the game was still at 50-50 for both teams to go through.

However, the Germans who have been the dark horses of the competition drew the first blood in the first six minutes thanks to Luka Jovic.

And Spalletti whose side failed to respond at the San Siro felt his team lacked the quality to progress.

“We lacked a bit of everything. We lost balance immediately and made some naïve mistakes for the opener, then got irritable and lost even more balance. It became a very difficult game,” he told Sky Sports Italia.

“If you don’t clear your lines first, or make rough passes, everything becomes an open ball to challenge for. If you treat it with more quality, it’s within your control.

“We just couldn’t keep the ball. I chose Keita and he hadn’t played for a while, so was lacking match fitness and that determination you need. I took that risk.

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“Even when moving the ball between spaces, we never created anything of note. The early goal just cranked up the tension and made us feel as if there was no chance. We lost it straight away.”

Up next for Spalletti’s men is a crucial Milan derby which could go a long way to decide the Champions League places.


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