Mauro Icardi was upset that “the first half performance was not up to Inter standards” in their 2-0 defeat to Barcelona.

Rafinha scored the opener, then the Nerazzurri remained in the match with chances – largely thanks to Samir Handanovic – until a Jordi Alba angled drive.

Mauro Icardi was upset that “the first half performance was not up to Inter standards” in their 2-0 defeat to Barcelona.

Rafinha scored the opener, then the Nerazzurri remained in the match with chances – largely thanks to Samir Handanovic – until a Jordi Alba angled drive.

“I think the difference today was in the first half, where we didn’t play up to Inter standards. We left too many spaces and allowed them the initiative,” Icardi told Sky Sport Italia.

“In the second half, we did better and forced Barcelona to misplace passes, but could’ve done more to make the most of the situation by finishing off the chances.

“I am not very happy with the performance, because we could’ve done well from the start and instead were pinned back. We’ve got to put in a great shift at San Siro and get points to go through.

“We knew that we were up against world class champions who have won everything over the years. If you allow them a goal, it becomes difficult to recover.”

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