Mancini: My fury at referee vs Roma made sense

The 50-year-old trainer was sent off for claiming the Nerazzurri should have had a free kick before Miralem Pjanic’s crucial goal in the 4-2 loss at the Stadio Olimpico

Inter boss Roberto Mancini has defended his dismissal in Sunday’s Serie A loss at Roma, claiming that he was right to be furious with the officiating.

Ther Nerazzuri twice came from behind to draw level at the Stadio Olimpico, with Andrea Ranocchia and Pablo Osvaldo cancelling out strikes from Gervinho and Jose Holebas.

But Miralem Pjanic earned Roma a 4-2 victory with a double in the final half hour, though, and Mancini was sent off by referee Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni for claiming that Inter should have had a free kick in the build-up to the Giallorossi’s decisive third goal.

“I was protesting, sure,” the 50-year-old coach is quoted as saying by his club’s official website. “But I had a reason to be doing so.

“You only need to watch the game, but I’m not interested in talking any more about the referee.”

Mauro Icardi only featured as a substitute at the Stadio Olimpico but Mancini claimed it would be wrong to read too much into the decision to leave the striker on the bench until eight minutes to go.

“Icardi wasn’t dropped,” the former Galatasaray boss stated. “We’re playing every three days so it’s completely normally to rotate two great strikers like Osvaldo and Icardi.”

Mancini, though, did have some constructive criticism for Fredy Guarin, suggesting that the Colombia international needs to improve his decision-making.

“I think his most natural position is as a creative midfielder,” the former Sampdoria star mused.

“But he has to understand when to go it alone and when to move the ball on.”

Despite some minor complaints, Mancini was encouraged by what he saw from his players against Roma, in what was just his third match since replacing Walter Mazzarri as coach during November’s international break.

“Rudi Garcia’s side have been playing very well ever since last year, and they’ve got some very good players,” he pointed out. “We knew they were going to cause us problems, but up until a certain point we were right in the game.

“We made some errors and we’ll need to work on that. The defeat doesn’t change our ideas, though. The most important thing now is that we take the positives from this game.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be perfect straight away, but we need to adapt to the new system quickly.

“In terms of our defensive display, we allowed Roma to play too much and it’s inevitable that they made us pay, given the quality they have.”

Inter’s defeat leaves them 11th in the table, six points behind third-placed Genoa.

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