Luciano Spalletti spoke to the media in the aftermath of last night’s 2-1 victory over Empoli, which allowed Inter to secure a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage. The Tuscan coach was very pleased by his players’ willingness to fight until the end and overcoming the nerves and tension within the confines of San Siro. Here is what he had to say:
“I expected a match like that because the race for the top four had already suggested that it would go to the final day with three teams in competition. We played a good game, even if the added pressure considering the importance of the match and the weight of the Nerazzurri shirt inevitably had some influence. It was time to show heart and everyone did. It wasn’t easy, but the guys were exceptional, especially after the equalising goal.
“I was sorry to play what was essentially a knockout game against Empoli who had a great game and they would have deserved to stay up. But Inter played the game that Inter needed to play and we never gave up until the final second and only our mental state put us back on track. Inevitably, everything comes down to small details and the element of chance. The team had a good season. We shouldn’t have let it get to this point but apart from the Napoli game, we’ve always turned up. The team achieved the objective that was set in advance and our guys deserve to be congratulated.”