The Nerazzurri have hit the post more often than any other side in Serie A while winning the fewest penalties, but their coach believes it shows they are on the brink of success
Inter head coach Walter Mazzarri claims his side’s unlucky campaign to date is proof that they are on the right track as they look to re-establish their place among the Italian elite.
The Nerazzurri hold the unfortunate record of hitting the woodwork more often than any other side in Serie A this season, while they have also been awarded the fewest number of penalties in Italy’s top flight.
The San Siro side saw four efforts hit the frame of the goal before they conceded at the death to lose 2-1 to Atalanta last Sunday which effectively ended their lingering Champions League hopes, but Mazzarri is determined to take the positives from their unlucky streak.
“Ironically, as a coach, I value the positives of hitting the post so often because they are almost goals,” he told Inter Channel.
“Whilst playing so well and creating so much, maybe if the ball had been ten centimetres further in, all this talk would be translated into points.”
Inter owner Erick Thohir stated earlier this week that Mazzarri was “under scrutiny” despite stressing he is happy with the side’s progress this season, but the former Napoli boss believes the comments were merely an indication of the summer plans being put into place.
“Today I reiterated to him [Thohir] that we’ve already finished well this year, but doing well in these last nine games will help us plan better for next year,” said Mazzarri.
“The news gives us strength to build an even better Inter next year, but I don’t want to be distracted from current events.”
Inter take on Udinese on Thusday as they look to close to within a point of fourth-placed Fiorentina, who were beaten by AC Milan on Wednesday, but Mazzarri has warned his side they will need to be “perfect” to stop Antonio Di Natale and Co.
“Udinese is a team that adopts a particular attitude away from home. All their players pass, move at high speed and close the spaces,” he added.
“We need to play a perfect match, not allow space or counterattacks, and hopefully this time we’ll have a little more luck and finish with a goal.”