Mazzarri: ‘Inter can’t change gear’

by | Nov 1, 2014 22:17

Walter Mazzarri looked to the Inter injury crisis after defeat to Parma, but confessed they “stall when it’s time to change gear.”

The Nerazzurri were beaten 2-0 at the Stadio Tardini against a side that was bottom of the table on a run of six consecutive losses.

Walter Mazzarri looked to the Inter injury crisis after defeat to Parma, but confessed they “stall when it’s time to change gear.”

The Nerazzurri were beaten 2-0 at the Stadio Tardini against a side that was bottom of the table on a run of six consecutive losses.

“Clearly 2-0 makes everything look bad. It’s true we didn’t put in the performance we wanted and conceded a goal at the first cross, which then made us lose confidence and get tense,” Mazzarri told Sky Sport Italia.

“Parma were vehement and we only created one chance in the first half. We hit the post with Kovacic and had a great chance with Palacio, but lately we’ve been struggling to score goals. We were also tired, as the same players have to keep going.

“I heard criticism of Higuain, who also came from the World Cup Final and took a while to get into gear. On top of that, Palacio had a serious injury and his ankle is still not in good shape.

“Today we were forced to use Hernanes and I don’t know whether he injured himself again. We are in a difficult situation in terms of injuries. Even in the emergency, we played the last three games pretty well, but again we failed that extra step. It was the same team that beat Sampdoria” data-scaytid=”25″>Sampdoria, but looking at the bench I didn’t exactly have many alternatives.”

This is the seventh time that Mazzarri has had the chance to notch up three consecutive victories with Inter, but he always stumbled at the third.

“It seems we are unable to make that step up in quality. When it comes time to change gear, we stall. That is something we need to work on.

“If you are to challenge for the top of the table, you must realise that every game in Serie A will find strong opponents ready to sit back and counter, making life difficult for you. We need to be consistent and not stop ever.

“I know what I have to do, though it’s not something I intend to say on television. This is a difficult moment in terms of injuries, that is not an alibi, but I must now try to work on the minds.”

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