Simone Inzaghi admits Inter have ‘regrets’ after fumbling a lead twice to draw 2-2 with Sampdoria. ‘We should’ve and could’ve won.’
The Nerazzurri saw their perfect start to the season grind to a halt, twice taking the lead at Marassi with Federico Dimarco and Lautaro Martinez, only to be pegged back 2-2.
They played the final 10-15 minutes effectively down to 10 men, as Stefano Sensi picked up an injury after all the substitutions had been completed.
“There are regrets, because it’s a game we should’ve and could’ve won. A team like ours took the lead twice, then made mistakes with the Ivan Perisic, Hakan Calhanoglu and other easy chances.
“We conceded two goals, one was an own goal that hit Edin Dzeko, the other a worldie from Tommaso Augello, but we still should’ve won.
“We were up against a good team that was very well-organised, but the regrets also are that Sensi picked up that injury and we finished the game with 10 men.”
Sensi had also pulled out of international duty with Italy because of injury, so this is a recurring issue for the midfielder.
“Unfortunately, it’s not good news. He trained a couple of days, I thought he was doing well, then unfortunately we also had to change Dimarco and I was left in the final 20 minutes facing a game where we had been creating chances, but ended up down to 10 men. Sensi unfortunately is not going to recover for Real Madrid, we’ll see for Alessandro Bastoni, while it seems Dimarco only had cramp.
“It was hot, the pitch was not in great condition, but I still believe we played well against a very dangerous opponent.”
Inter crushed Genoa 4-0 in the opening fixture and had to fight back from 1-0 down to beat Hellas Verona.
“We need to analyse what happened, because a team like ours that goes in front twice ought to win. It’s disappointing, but we go forward with confidence and can build on this, even if naturally we wanted three points.
“We had assumed this morning that the game would be more open in the final half-hour, and that’s what was happening until we went down to 10 men. These are matches you can even lose, so we must find our strength and get players back to full fitness, which isn’t easy with such a compressed calendar.”
Inter nonetheless have started the campaign quite strong with seven points from three rounds.
“I am very satisfied, because the club, fans and above all the players are very open to what my staff and I are proposing. We knew there could be some difficulties early on, but we have seven points from three games, two of them away from home.
“I knew when I arrived that the club had to sell some important players, but we brought in others who are well-suited to my idea of football and now we work going forward.”