Spalletti disappointed by his team’s lacklustre performance in goalless draw
Inter Milan were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Sassuolo in what was the first Serie A fixture on 2019 and manager Luciano Spalletti was frustrated with the lack of class that his team showed on the pitch.
Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was called into action several times to keep Inter in the game as the Nerazzuris failed to assert any sort of authority over the proceedings, leaving Spalletti to lament on his team’s lacklustre performance.
Inter face the risk of falling seven points adrift of 2nd-placed Napoli after the poor result and Spalletti has backed his team to bounce back by working hard on the training ground.
“It was a tough night because Sassuolo played a good game,” Spalletti said of Saturday’s sub-par showing.
“We couldn’t control the game. Even when we did well to get the ball back, we then lost it again too quickly meaning that we were unable to make the most of the moment and get men over.
“We needed to do better in those situations before their defence could settle in place. We didn’t have enough quality on the ball and you need that against sides like Sassuolo who run a lot.
“We were overwhelmed by their defensive line and Sassuolo also caused us some problems. In the end, we also ran the risk of losing.
“However, you always have to look at the glass half full and we need to keep getting results to avoid running the risk of other teams catching us up.
“We need to keep working and improving, we also want to do well in the Europa League and the Coppa Italia in order to consolidate our status.”