Inzaghi: ‘Inter deserved more than Atalanta’

by | Sep 25, 2021 19:35

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.

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“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.”


  1. rosario

    I swear delusion and deranged thinking is catching when you’re at Inter 😂 Atalanta opened up inter time and time again, were deserving of their two goals and could’ve scored another 2 at the beginning of the 2nd half. Inter then had a really good period but once Atalanta rang the changes, the came became balanced and they got back to being really dangerous in possession. Inter were extremely lucky not to concede at least 4. Ultimately the referee had his say and a draw was fair. it would’ve been very harsh on Atalanta had they not got at least a point.

  2. soloInter

    @rosalio I don’t think so you must remember Inter missed a penalty in which could’ve won the match. Atalanta were literally hanging on not to lose the match and at that point the penalty miss was a blessing to them. They scored an unstoppable goal in the first half and a keeper clear mistake AGAIN. Other than that Atalanta before the penalty were losing the match 100% and had to depend on luck to save them. On thing is clear tho when Inter go and attack all out stopping them is something that’s easier to say than actually doing it. Gasp said it before that he’s not worried about a drop in intensity he only cared if Atalanta score goals. But they were winning in the first half and I bet if he’s asked again he’ll say something different. A weaker team would simply not be able to hold on in the second half even if leading by two goals because Atalante certainly didn’t. But just look at the stats they speak more truth than any amount of words.


    @soloInter…. rosario just hates Inter, period. Don’t waste your time to explain to a person who hate something, in this case Inter. I wonder if you follow his comments in every Inter game in liveblogs, completely one sided with absolutely no lognc when it comes to Inter (hating), and Milan (supporting). I am not even sure if he supports Milan because he hates Inter or he genuinely likes Milan! I don’t he watched the same as we did.

  4. rosario


    I was born in Basiglio, and support my local club. the club of my granddad and my great granddad. Who are you?

  5. rosario


    Inter had 6 shots on target to Atalanta’s 5. Combing both halves, inter’s overall possession was only 2% more than Atalanta’s….as the home team.

    Inter could’ve indeed won the match, but so could’ve Atalanta had Samir not slow getting to the ball that went off for the corner.

    6 shots on target to 5 and very balanced possession….how that constitutes ‘hanging on’….well maybe only in your world.


    Inter dd not rest anyone for Champions League and the way they ran against Atalanta are they seriously dumb enough to start the same team in Champions Leaqgue ? De Zerbi’s 4-2-3-1 possession soccer is going to put inter under pressure all game long – but I guess the orders must come from management – focus on Serie A and extend Inter’s record of the only Italian team to ever fail to pass the Champion’s League group stage from the current record of 3 years in a row to 4 years in a row !!!

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