Simone Inzaghi maintains the penalty was ‘the only way we could concede a goal’ and Inter ‘controlled’ Juventus from start to finish.
The Nerazzurri had taken the lead through Edin Dzeko, who was quickest to react when Hakan Calhanoglu’s effort rebounded off the woodwork.
However, they sat increasingly deep to protect the 1-0 lead and were eventually pegged back by a Paulo Dybala penalty.
That incident saw Inzaghi sent off for dissent, as VAR was called on the Denzel Dumfries high foot on Alex Sandro inches inside the area.
“It was I think the only way we could concede a goal. It’s disappointing, as I feel we controlled the game from start to finish, we allowed Juventus nothing and I am not happy to have seen two points thrown away,” Inzaghi told DAZN.
“The referee was right there, he could see the incident and didn’t need to be called over for that. I am disappointed for our fans, as we played well and deserved more.”
He vented his fury at the penalty award and was shown a red card on the touchline for his angry protests.
“We were never under pressure, we controlled from start to finish. I admit my gesture was not a good image to portray, but I felt in that moment it was not a VAR incident.
“As a coach, at the 89th minute of a game like that, with the referee right there waving play on, it’s natural you’re going to get a bit angry the way I did.”
Inter did sit deeper and deeper as the game wore on, but the coach insists that was not how he saw the game.
“We used up a lot of energy pressing all over the pitch in the first half, we knew Juve could introduce Chiesa, Dybala and others from the bench, so we were a bit deeper, but I still maintain we allowed nothing to Juve.
“Juventus are a side who flourish on the counter and we allowed them nothing. The whole team worked hard, helping each other out and the result is harsh on us.
“Ivan Perisic was already tired at the end of the first half, he had a slight flexor issue, but showed me he was able to continue. When he got the yellow card 20 minutes from the time, I felt it best to remove him.”
There’s ALWAYS drama in Derby d’Italia!
Juventus draw level just minutes before the final whistle! ⚫️⚪️
Paulo Dybala as calm as you like from the spot 👌 pic.twitter.com/SXnaJGP8mI
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