Inter coach Luciano Spalletti defends players amid winless run

Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti has came to the defense of his players after Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Roma extended the Milan club’s winless run.

Roma led just past the half-hour mark at San Siro, Stephan El Shaarawy pouncing on a Davide Santon error after the full-back badly misjudged a long kick from goalkeeper Alisson.

It was thanks to Matias Vecino’s late header that Roma only snatched a point for slumping Inter, whose streak without a victory extended to six matches in Serie A.

The result also left Inter fourth and 11 points behind leaders Napoli, with Spalletti left defending Santon and the Nerazzurri.

“Santon doesn’t have to apologise to anyone. It’s easy when you’re sitting on your comfy sofa, quite another when running for 90 minutes alongside El Shaarawy,” Spalletti said.

“He’s a good lad, he trains well and mistakes can happen, especially on a ball that came that far. Nobody else helped him on that either, so it’s not as if he was alone. He has no reason to apologise.”

“The real issue here is that we are Inter and we must have the courage to fight it out with sides like Roma, Lazio and Napoli for a top-four finish. We have to take responsibility and make things happen. We can’t just wait for the train to go past and grab it. I won’t see us timorous or apologetic.”

“Samir Handanovic didn’t make the saves that Alisson did, so we played well. We made some errors in the quick passing and knew that Roma would be aggressive in their pressing game.”

“We practise these things in training, but if they don’t come off in a match situation, that will inevitably damage self-esteem. We have to work on what we are and what we do best, not losing the ball cheaply.”

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