Simone Inzaghi says he prefers to take the positives from Inter’s 3-3 draw with Benfica in the Champions League. The Nerazzurri were already qualified heading into the match but still had a chance to clinch top spot in Group D. Former Inter man Joao Mario completed a remarkable hat-trick within 34 minutes of kick off, but the Nerazzurri fought back after the break with goals coming from Marko Arnautovic, Davide Frattesi and Alexis Sanchez.
Speaking post-match, Inzaghi explained why he took a lot of positives from the performances in the second-half:
“Having seen a reaction like this and having come close to winning the match, I take a lot of good things from the second half.”
“In the first half we had to do more, I understood: we approached badly, softly, and the Champions League games are like that, you can not afford it”.
“What did i say at half-time? I have twenty starters, I know I can count on everyone. It was easy to change 4-5 players, but maybe I had to change more and it was not the fault of the individuals: we talked, we made some tactical changes and with another spirit. If that Barella shot hadn’t ended up on the post, we would have won a memorable game.”
“First place? We know that for first place in the group we will play with Real Sociedad, now we will have to try to recover well because on Sunday we will have a very difficult game in Naples.”