The Croatia midfielder unleashed a thunderous volley to help his side to a 2-2 draw with Lazio but admits he is disappointed they could not win the game
Mateo Kovacic could not hide his frustration despite scoring what he believes is the best goal of his career to date in Inter’s 2-2 draw with Lazio on Sunday.
Felipe Anderson’s superb double gave Lazio a 2-0 lead at San Siro at half-time but Roberto Mancini’s side stormed back to earn a point, with Kovacic unleashing a stunning volley from 20 yards to halve the deficit before Rodrigo Palacio’s late leveller.
The Croatia midfielder acknowledged his strike was the finest of his career so far but was disappointed they could not complete the comeback after a poor start.
“It’s my best goal, but it’s disappointing that we couldn’t win,” he told the club’s official website.
“We’re not happy. We made mistakes on their goals then did well to regroup. We were lacking a bit of aggression, they started the game better.
“When you go two goals down it becomes difficult to win. We lack continuity, but we’ve only just begun working with the coach and I’m sure we’ll improve.”
Kovacic is confident he will continue to grow as a player in 2015 under Mancini, who replaced Walter Mazzarri as head coach during the autumn.
“I do what the coach asks of me, follow what he says. I’m sure he will help me to be better,” the 20-year-old added.