Spalletti: 'Inter did what we had to'

Luciano Spalletti maintains Inter “played the game we needed to” and were only penalised for poor finishing in the 0-0 away to Udinese.

This was their fourth draw in the last five games and a disappointing result against a side that is hovering just above the relegation zone.

It means if Atalanta and Roma both win tomorrow, Inter’s lead over fifth place will be just two points and that Champions League spot is far from guaranteed.

“We misplaced a few too many passes and were less precise as time wore on,” the Coach told DAZN.

“We ought to build on the first half performance and continue playing like that. When we do find the gaps between the lines, it’s important that we do better with our finishing.

“There were situations we should’ve made more of, as if a team gets the ball in the six-yard box 10 times, there ought to be at least one goal and not just a series of corners.

“At the start, we did what we needed to, but weren’t precise enough after the break. We kept a lot of possession and in my view that does pay off the in the long run.”

Spalletti was asked why he had started Lautaro Martinez rather than Mauro Icardi, although they were both on the field for a short while.

“We have a certain balance that needs to be maintained and in fact Udinese started to threaten more once we had two strikers on.

“I would’ve expected more from Keita and Antonio Candreva, who came on in the final 10 minutes when opposition legs were tired, but didn’t create many difficulties.

“I threw on three attacking players to finish the game and there was nothing more I could’ve done in the circumstances. We played the game we needed to, Udinese prepared to defend and counter, but we did have the chances to score.”

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