Inter boss Simone Inzaghi described the 0-0 Coppa Italia draw with AC Milan as a ‘less spectacular derby’ and admitted that their defeat against the Rossoneri caused some damage.
In the end a 0-0 draw might have been rather predictable given that the Rossoneri and Nerazzurri looked like two sides running a bit low on confidence and very low on rhythm. Both sides had chances within the game but were lacking in composure and that killer instinct to swing the tie in their favour.
Given that Milan dropped points against Salernitana and Udinese in the league while Inter and winless in four in Serie A – a run started by their derby defeat last month – it is perhaps no surprise that a cagey affair was never busted wide open.
Inzaghi spoke to Mediaset at the end of the game to reflect on the stalemate and on his side’s performance, with his comments relayed by MilanNews and translated before.
On the match: “I think it was a less spectacular derby, there is a lot up for grabs. The two teams weren’t as smooth as in the other two derbies. We will think about it in April, we want the final to win another trophy. We played a lot, we need to recover some brilliance but we are working.”
On the physical condition: “We are playing a lot. Apart from once we made a mistake on the way out, we didn’t risk that much. They were good with Romagnoli who took away a goal from Dzeko… We haven’t scored in four games and it’s news, but we will soon be back to scoring goals.”
On the current difficult moment: “I think it’s a physiological decline, we pushed a lot. It is a time when we are not playing as before. In the championship we had an excellent 75 minutes before that episode… Tonight we were less brilliant, but there is the goal at stake, both teams want to reach the final.”
On Pioli’s belief that Milan deserved to win: “I think it is right, matches must also be reviewed and interpreted. We are still licking our wounds from the derby we lost but which had said something else until the 75th minute.”