Coach of Inter Milan Luciano Spalletti has admitted that Kwadwo Asamoah’s mistake on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League against PSV Eindhoven affected the game plan of his team.
The game was goalless until Kwadwo Asamoah was dispossessed at the vital area of Inter Milan by Steven Bergwijn, before he set up Hirving Lozano who finished it off nicely in the 13th minute, but Mauro Icardi drew the Nerazzuri level.
Luciano Spalletti has indicated that the tide turned against Inter Milan after they considered the opening goal.
“We did not manage to remain calm even though everything was still possible after the mistake by Asamoah which led to the goal, " Spalletti told Sky Sports Italia.
"They counter-attacked a lot, something that increased the tension and nervousness and these are things that make you lose focus on the game. We suffered too many counter-attacks, counter attacks that did not cause us too much damage but it was how we wanted to manage the game when we set up the game plan.
"We are bitterly disappointed with the result, it hurts for all of us. It’s also tough to take for our fans. We weren’t as composed as we should have been after their goal. We became nervous and gave the ball away too much.
"We thus became disorganised from a tactical point of view and wasted too much energy chasing them down on the break. This wasn’t the correct way to manage the game, " he added.
Inter, like the clubs who finished third in their groups, will now play in the Europa League
However, a draw in Barcelona clash against Tottenham means, Inter Milan are out of the UEFA Champions League due a poor head to head against the English side.
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