Luciano Spalletti spoke to Sky Sport in the aftermath of Inter’s goalless draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last 16 tie. Here is what he had to say: “I must praise the guys because they played with authority and personality, making an impact on the game. It wasn’t easy here. In these types of matches, qualification is fought for over 180 minutes. Only the second leg result will determine if this 0-0 is a positive result.
“In the first half, we regained possession against a top team and we made some positive decisions. In the second, our passing was increasingly timid and we were caught out by the opposition. We dropped off in terms of quality and started to buy time too frequently. We lost too many duels and full-blooded challenges. That’s just what we’re like but we put in a good performance.
“The penalty? Brozović knows how to take them, as do Perišić, Lautaro and Politano. You can miss from 12 yards, then obviously in tough games like this when we have a few alternatives, decisions can be made in the moment. Marcelo felt he was ready to take it but it didn’t work out.
“Perišić? He has an issue with the adductor muscle but we hope that he came off in time. Let’s hope that he’ll be back soon because Ivan is a real racehorse on the muscular side and he can deal with these problems well.”
Nerazzurri central defender Stefan de Vrij also had his say on proceedings against the Bundesliga side: “It’s important not to have conceded even if we did have chances to score, particularly in the first half. It’s great to play in these types of stadiums for the atmosphere. It was a great challenge and our defence put in a good performance. We’re the first team not to lose here in the Europa League. It will be an open game in the second leg. We played well and dealt well with their pressure. It’s important to continue on this path on Sunday as well.”
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