Three-goal victory flattered Juventus, claims Mancini

The Inter coach says his team played the game they had planned to despite their comprehensive defeat in Turin, with Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala putting them to the sword

Roberto Mancini believes Juventus’s 3-0 victory over his Inter side in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final tie flattered the hosts.

Alvaro Morata scored twice – his first goals since October 4 – and Paulo Dybala added a third for Juve, while Inter ended the match with 10 men following the dismissal of Jeison Murillo.

Mancini’s men rarely threatened home goalkeeper Neto but the Inter coach still felt a three-goal defeat was unfair on his team.

“[It was] a balanced game,” he told Rai Sport. “Juventus pushed more and found the penalty [Morata’s opener].

“It was a strange game. The 3-0 seems an exaggerated result, but this is football. That was the game we wanted to play, we could have been more effective in front of goal, but up until the penalty Juve had created little.

“The result is quite difficult to [come back from]. Miranda and Murillo will be missing, but we will find a solution.

“Juve deserved to win, but I do not remember Handanovic’s saves or times when we were in difficulty. We have to remain calm and peaceful, despite the disappointment of the result.”

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