In the aftermath of the 1-1 draw with Udinese, Inter coach Roberto Mancini indicated that his team has problems taking the literal heat of summer, if not the metaphorical heat of the Serie A kitchen. In any case, the coach isn’t too downheartened, and feels his side just needs to take its chances…
Inter coach Roberto Mancini was made to sweat as his ten-man side tried to hold on to a one goal lead against Udinese, only to concede an equaliser in the last minute.
In his post match reaction, the manager partially blamed the summer weather for his side’s failure to defend its advantage.
"I’ve always said that, in August, we cannot play at 15:00; we should play at 18:00," he fumed.
"Instead, we play in the early afternoon in the summer, and we see 20:00 games postponed in January."
But he focused mostly on the game, and took some positives from the result, despite slipping up as he seeks to defend his side’s title.
"In the first half, we had plenty of chances to kill off the tie, but didn’t take them," he said.
"We’re just starting the season, and with heat like this, I can understand that the performance was not the greatest one."
Referring to Julio Cesar’s deserved red card for deliberate handball, he added, "When you go down to ten men, to suffer like that is really expected.
"We paid for having numerical inferiority in these conditions."
Inter fell to a last-minute strike, credited to Asamoah but apparently taking a deflection off Cordoba, after a Pepe corner. Dejan Stankovic had earlier opened the scoring for Inter.
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