Mancini: Inter's first half against Juventus was poor

The Nerazzurri coach was happy to leave Turin with a point but wants to see more improvement in his side’s all-round play and finishing in future

Roberto Mancini has admitted that Inter were unable to cope with Juventus in the opening 45 minutes of Tuesday’s 1-1 Serie A draw.

Carlos Tevez gifted the reigning champions an early lead in Turin, but Mauro Icardi eventually helped Mancini’s men to a point with his 64th-minute goal.

While Mancini acknowledged their improvement in the second half, he has called on his side to show their best qualities throughout the 90 minutes going forward.

“It’s a decent point but I’m not completely happy because games last 90 minutes and in the first 45 we didn’t play as well as we should,” Mancini said at a press conference.

“In the first period we struggled to get the measure of them. We only had about 10 minutes when we did quite well, then after the break we did much better.

“We had more control of the wide areas in the second half and they found it harder to push up. After that we went on to create some good chances.

“I’m pleased because I know you can’t change things in a month. But I think the players are showing lots of improvement. We just need to capitalise better on the chances we’re creating.”

Inter currently sit 11th in the Serie A table with 22 points from 17 games.

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