The Nerazzurri coach was “simply out of energy” after his side were held at home by former club Napoli and could not bring himself to carry out his post-match interview
Inter director Piero Ausilio has admitted that coach Walter Mazzarri was emotionally and physically “wrecked” after Sunday night’s dramatic draw with Napoli.
Jose Callejon opened the scoring with just 11 minutes to go at San Siro and although the Nerazzurri quickly levelled through Fredy Guarin, the Spaniard struck again in the dying seconds of normal time to seemingly seal all three points for the visitors.
However, Hernanes headed home an injury-time equaliser to ensure Inter avoided a third successive Serie A defeat.
The late drama was apparently too much for former Napoli boss Mazzarri, who failed to appear for his post-match interview with Sky Sport Italia.
“It’s nothing worrying,” replacement Ausilio explained. “He’s just wrecked!
“It was a special game for him, he was sent off and he is simply out of energy.
“He apologises for not coming here, but from Monday onwards he will be able to have his say on the game.
“It was a wonderful 2-2 in many respects. The first half was played with heart, but Inter were also the only team on the field and we deserved more than a goal.
“After the break it was more balanced with chances for both sides and a dramatic almost Premier League style finish.”
Summer signing Nemanja Vidic once again failed to convince at the back for Inter, making a mistake which led to Callejon’s opener, but Ausilio is in no doubt that the former Manchester United captain will soon settle at San Siro.
“It was an error, but there were several teammates who could’ve fixed it,” the Nerazzurri director argued. “We cannot question the quality of a champion like this.”
The point ninth in Serie A, 10 points behind leaders Juventus, and five adrift of third-placed AC Milan.