Spalletti: Inter Milan weren’t brave enough against Barcelona

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 24: Luciano Spalletti, Manager of Inter Milan looks dejected following defeat in the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Barcelona and FC Internazionale at Camp Nou on October 24, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti felt that his side were too hesitant and made things difficult for themselves in their 2-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona

The Nerazzurri fell a goal down after 32 minutes from ex-player Rafinha Alcantara’s spectacular volley before Jordi Alba ensured Barcelona would be victors at the Camp Nou with a second goal.

Despite threatening early on, Inter were never really a match for Barca and had goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to thank for not losing by a heavier margin after his nine saves.

“We came into the match with a bit of hesitancy, leaving the Blaugrana with too much space and struggling too much with their pressing,” Spalletti told reporters on the club website.

“We had some issues with passing the ball with pace, therefore, everything became much more difficult.

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“Every time we won the ball back, we didn’t manage possession in the best way, particularly during the first half. Therefore, we struggled in terms of order and energy expended.

“We should’ve been more aggressive in winning the ball back and then more precise in possession. You can’t just play on the counter-attack when you come to Camp Nou.

“We didn’t show as much character compared to our first two Champions League games. We weren’t courageous enough and the opposition made the most of our attitude.

“We didn’t do as much as we can. We also could’ve scored over the course of the game but they were stronger than us and deserved to win. They play well, passing the ball quickly and thinking fast.”

However, PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham’s 2-2 draw leaves Inter in a strong second place in Group B with a five-point advantage over the other two sides.


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