Mazzarri: Inter nearly blew it

The Nerazzurri boss says his team were feeling the pressure in their 1-0 away win over Cesena and says his players did not make the most of their chances

Inter coach Walter Mazzarri says his side nearly threw away their 1-0 win over Cesena on Sunday.

The Nerazzurri took the lead around the half-hour mark after Cesena keeper Nicola Leali was controversially sent off for a coming-together with Rodrigo Palacio.

Mauro Icardi scored from the resulting penalty to put his side ahead, but they were then unable to use their extra-man advantage to put the game beyond doubt – and had to weather a late storm at the death to hang on for the win.

“We really needed this win, as the lads felt the pressure,” Mazzarri told Sky Sport Italia.

“I would remove the rule of the red card for the goalkeeper, as I like a game with 11 against 11 and we had the same sort of thing happen to us in Turin last season.

“In fact, we played better before the red card, as we became frenetic [afterwards] and wasted several chances which were one-on-one.

“We cannot keep wasting these opportunities and I got angry with a lot of things, as we wasted so many counter-attacks.

“Anyone who has played football knows that at 1-0 you can always concede at any moment, even from a ricochet, so you have to finish the game off.

“We were too keen to score and therefore didn’t make the most of our chances, often wandering offside because we didn’t delay the run. You could tell the team was not relaxed and felt the pressure.

“I know they were desperate to win and prove themselves, but at times you have to be calmer and take your time to make the right decision. We could even have shot from distance, but seemed determined to walk it into the net.

“We could’ve finished it without running those risks in the final minutes.

“Cesena kept pumping high balls into the box and we really risked blowing it,” he added.

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