De Boer: ‘Inter lost our heads’

Frank de Boer “can’t understand how we can lose our heads” after Inter’s 2-0 home defeat to Hapoel Beer-Sheva.

The Europa League opener was a surprise loss at San Siro, piling pressure on the Coach.

“We have to analyse this game. First of all I am very sorry for the fans who came to the stadium, because we didn’t win,” De Boer told Sky Sport Italia.

Frank de Boer “can’t understand how we can lose our heads” after Inter’s 2-0 home defeat to Hapoel Beer-Sheva.

The Europa League opener was a surprise loss at San Siro, piling pressure on the Coach.

“We have to analyse this game. First of all I am very sorry for the fans who came to the stadium, because we didn’t win,” De Boer told Sky Sport Italia.

“We lost the ball many times too easily and were very sloppy. Eder hit the woodwork and in the second half we had total control, but on a free kick (Jeison) Murillo was out at that moment and they blocked us to create space for the goal.

“Much like at Pescara, we lost our heads a bit after going behind. We started playing well in the last 20 minutes and were confident we could score a goal.

“I don’t understand how we can lose our heads like that when we are just 1-0 down and there’s time to recover. We should continue working and not lose control like that.

“I am angry because I’m convinced we could’ve scored the first goal and had the chances to do it. That’s the way it went, I am confident we can improve.”

Inter host Juventus in the Derby d’Italia on Sunday evening in Serie A.

“We only didn’t play that well in the first 15 minutes, losing the ball too easily, but then we controlled the game. After the goal for eight minutes we lost our heads, but I am sure if we believe in ourselves, then we can hurt Juventus.”

There was a lot of squad rotation in the Europa League, partly because Joao Mario, Stevan Jovetic, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Gabigol aren’t on the UEFA list.

“I am convinced (Marcelo) Brozovic wanted to give his best, but also that he can do much better. He wants to give everything and I can’t say he didn’t, but he was unlucky on several occasions.

“We lost the ball cheaply too many times and I am convinced if we improve that, we can get more control of the game and create more chances.

“For periods in the second half I saw the football I wanted, but after conceding a goal on a set play – when we were out of position – we lost our heads.

“The lads tried to fight back and we created chances, controlling the game. The only thing we must not do is change our philosophy when we are under pressure.”

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