Simone Inzaghi feels Inter ‘deserved more’ from their dramatic 2-2 draw with Atalanta and explains who made the decision for Federico Dimarco to take the penalty.
It was a chaotic encounter, with Lautaro Martinez opening the scoring early, then Ruslan Malinovskyi scored one and created another for Rafael Toloi to turn the game around.
Edin Dzeko equalised, before a late flurry of activity with Dimarco firing a penalty onto the crossbar and a Roberto Piccoli strike disallowed.
“People without doubt were entertained, but we feel a bitter taste from this draw, as we feel that we could’ve had more. We fell apart a little after the missed penalty, but saw an excellent Inter in much of the first half and the second too against a very strong Atalanta,” the coach told DAZN.
“It’s a pleasure for a coach to see players come off the bench with that attitude and making the difference. The second half was a very good level. We did very well in the opening 25 minutes, then Atalanta were stronger for the rest of the half.
“The regrets are about the second half, as Juan Musso made a couple of great saves and we also had the penalty, so feel we deserved something more.”
It was surprising to see Dimarco take the penalty at 2-2, which he then fired onto the crossbar, when there were other options.
“The decision was mine. This morning Calhanoglu and Lautaro tried penalties, but they had come off. We had Dimarco and Ivan Perisic, Dimarco seemed sharper. It’s a pity, as he’s been so good this season and deserved to get a winner in front of the Inter fans.
“I am proud, because we saw two teams who gave their all looking for the victory.”
Nicolò Barella has now provided five assists in six Serie A games for Inter this season and seems to be increasingly a decisive figure for the club.
“He’s been playing at this level for a couple of years. He’s a Champion of Italy, Champion of Europe, a modern and complete midfielder who did not surprise me at all.”
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