Inter cannot be satisfied with Palermo draw – Mancini

The 50-year-old revealed his disappointment after his team dropped points at the Renzo Barbera, though he took heart from Jonathan Biabiany’s impact as a subtitute

Roberto Mancini struggled to take positives from Inter’s performance after they missed the chance to go top of Serie A by drawing 1-1 at Palermo.

Inter took the lead through Ivan Perisic on Saturday, but Alberto Gilardino levelled just six minutes later after latching on to Franco Vazquez’s cross.

The Nerazzurri had to play the last few minutes with 10 men after Jeison Murillo was sent off for two yellow cards, leaving them to cling on for a solitary point that keeps them second in Serie A, behind Fiorentina.

“We suffered in defence and attack, then Stevan Jovetic found his place between the lines and we did better,” Mancini told Mediaset Premium. “We were unlucky on the Murillo sending off too.

“At this moment we are [joint] top of the table, but we are really not satisfied because we wanted to win. Unfortunately we didn’t achieve it.”

The Inter coach then defended Mauro Icardi after last season’s joint league top scorer struggled in front of goal again, failing to add to his tally of two goals this season.

“These periods happen to all strikers at some stage, the important thing is that he stays calm and takes part in the team move,” continued Mancini.

“We will keep working to find the right system, but in the meantime it’s important to stay in the top places. We will find the best tactical shape.”

However, Mancini was pleased with the impact made by substitute Jonathan Biabiany, who created Perisic’s goal minutes after coming off the bench.

“Unfortunately he’s not able to play 90 minutes yet, otherwise he would have started tonight. He is a player who can be very useful this season, as he attacks the space and can score too,” the 50-yerar-old concluded.

“He was out of action for a year and a half [after being diagnosed with a heart issue], so it’s not easy for him to find his form.”

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