Frank de Boer said Inter “lost our heads and simply forgot to play football” after a 2-1 home defeat to Cagliari.

The Nerazzurri had opened the scoring through Joao Mario, something they have managed only twice in 10 competitive games this season, but were undone by Federico Melchiorri and a Samir Handanovic own goal.

“We had more spaces after going 1-0 up, but we simply forgot to play football,” the Inter Coach told Mediaset Premium.

Frank de Boer said Inter “lost our heads and simply forgot to play football” after a 2-1 home defeat to Cagliari.

The Nerazzurri had opened the scoring through Joao Mario, something they have managed only twice in 10 competitive games this season, but were undone by Federico Melchiorri and a Samir Handanovic own goal.

“We had more spaces after going 1-0 up, but we simply forgot to play football,” the Inter Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“That was the problem today. The first half was pretty good and we put many crosses in, but we need to improve in the opposition penalty area.”

There was huge tension at San Siro due to a row between fans and Icardi over his autobiography, as the club hinted it could strip him of the captaincy.

The situation seemed to get to Icardi, who missed an early penalty today.

“I don’t know what was going through Icardi’s mind, but normally he is a player who remains very calm in these situations,” noted De Boer.

“We’ll think about the incident tomorrow, as we work for the greater good and that means the fans too.”

Is this the toughest moment of De Boer’s Inter career so far?

“Yes, especially after this defeat, because for 70 minutes we controlled the game and then just lost our heads. 

“We had talked about this, there were meant to be more players going into the box to meet the crosses, above all Ever Banega and Joao Mario, but in the first half there was only one winger and Icardi there.”

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