Mancini upbeat despite 'cruel' late defeat

A 92nd minute winner from Emiliano Moretti saw the Nerazzurri slump to a shock defeat on Sunday

Roberto Mancini attempted to paint a positive picture after watching Inter suffer a shock 1-0 defeat to Chievo.

In a fairly uneventful game, the home side enjoyed the better of the chances but were punished late on when Emiliano Moretti’s header earned the visitors a surprise victory.

The defeat ended a five-game unbeaten run for Inter in the league and saw them fall eight points behind the top four, although Mancini remained positive about their performance.

“I think we played the right way today,” he said. “One failing was that we didn’t create enough movement around their penalty box. 

“We went to sleep on their goal. We shouldn’t have gifted them a corner at that stage of the match and then we were poor in our marking of Moretti. 

“But we didn’t deserve to lose or even to draw today – we were always on top against a side that defended all game long.

“We just need to roll our sleeves up and work hard because one match doesn’t undo all our good work. We’re finding our feet.

“Football can be a cruel game, but there’s nothing we can do about it. I think we’re on the right track.”

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