Inzaghi’s men were wasteful in a shock defeat against Spezia on Friday night as Daniel Maldini punished Nerazzurri early on
Inter manager Simone Inzaghi has called for more “conviction and malice” from his team following their 2-1 Serie A defeat against Spezia on Friday. The Nerazzurri missed an early penalty and were unable to reduce Napoli’s 15-point lead at the top of the table.
Inzaghi admits defeat ‘hurts’
Inzaghi highlighted the need for his team to show more aggression and determination, as Daniel Maldini scored just 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute to put Spezia in front.
Romelu Lukaku then equalized with a spot-kick, but Spezia secured a first-ever win over Inter through M’Bala Nzola’s penalty. Despite dominating the game with 28 shots, Inter suffered their eighth Serie A defeat of the season, which puts their top-four finish in doubt.
Inter will take a 1-0 lead to Porto for their Champions League round-of-16 second leg on Tuesday. Head coach Simone Inzaghi called on his team to show more “conviction and malice.”
“I don’t believe in luck in football, luck must be sought”
He told DAZN: “It hurts, the defeat came in a different way than the others. We put everything on the field, perhaps we needed a little more malice.
“We have a duty to go ahead and I take responsibility for the defeat. Our players should have been more cynical, we come out stronger from defeats even if there have been more this year.”
Six of Inter’s eight defeats in the Serie A have come in away matches. Head coach Inzaghi insisted that it must be addressed.
“It’s a path that doesn’t satisfy us away from San Siro, tonight we had to have more conviction and malice,” he said.
“I don’t believe in luck in football. luck must be sought,”