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Inzaghi: “Fair Result But We Need To Win In April”

Written by Dare Solomon 

It was another night of stalemate for Inter Milan as the Nerazzurri settled for a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final against old rivals, AC Milan.

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While neither side can be thrilled with the result, Inter will reflect on another game in which they failed to find the net, but can take the positives from strong defensive displays by Samir Handanovic, Milan Skriniar and Alessandro Bastoni, in particular.

The game started at a high tempo as Milan went agonizingly close to taking the lead with ten minutes on the clock when Alexis Saelemaekers picked up possession as Inter tried to bring the ball out and took aim, forcing Handanovic into a fine save.


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Theo Hernandez tried his luck moments later with a right-footed shot that skimmed the woodwork while Inter has no significant threat for Mike Maignan throughout the first period.

The second half kicked off in disjoined fashion, with Milan looking to take advantage of any Inter hesitation. Leao forced Handanovic into a fine diving save, while Bastoni had to throw his body in the way of Saelemaekers’s shot from inside the box. There was then a lull as the goalmouth action dried up until the end of the contest, which seemed unsurprising given the unsustainably fast tempo seen in the first half.

Given that the away-goal rule still applies in the competition and Inter failed to find the net as the visitors, Stefano Pioli’s side know that a score draw will be enough for them to secure a final berth against Fiorentina or Juventus, while the Nerazzurri will be targeting victory to get through.

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Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi has admitted that the 0-0 outcome from the Milan derby on Tuesday night was a fair result even though the match wasn’t spectacular.

Inter Milan who were largely dominated by the home team struggle for opportunities and surely have their defence particularly the goalkeeper Samir Handanovic thank. However, the former Lazio manager believe the return leg will be different although he acknowledged their non-scoring situation in the minth of April.

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It wasn’t the most spectacular of derbies but there was a lot riding on it and we mustn’t forget this is a 180-minute match,” the coach explained after the 0-0 stalemate.

“The draw is a fair result but we’ll need to win in April now because we want to reach the final and win another trophy.

“We’ve had lots of games and we need to rediscover out spark but we’re working on it. We still have the best attack. Going four matches without scoring obviously creates headlines but we’ll soon be scoring again.”

Up next for Inter is Fiorentina while AC Milan take on Napoli in the top of the table clash.

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