Mazzarri: It's been a 'peculiar' season for Inter

The Nerazzurri boss says his side would be higher up the Serie A standings if they’d had more luck in front of goal

Walter Mazzarri has admitted that he is looking forward to putting a “peculiar” first season in charge of Inter firmly behind him.

After a dismal ninth-placed finish under Andrea Stramaccioni last term, the Nerazzurri are currently fifth in Serie and thus on course to return to continental competition via the Europa League.

However, Mazzarri claims that Inter would be higher up the standings had ‘Lady Luck’ not deserted his side so often, citing Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Atalanta and Thursday’s 0-0 draw with Udinese as two obvious cases in point.

“This has been a peculiar year,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “In light of these last two games, we deserve more points than we have.

“It may be that we are not cynical enough; I don’t know. I believe, however, that by continuing on this path we will be able to move forward in the best fashion.

“This year it’s important to grow, everyone. In June, we will make some decisions based on the expectations of the club. I have already spoken of my ideas.

“Then we will start my second year in charge in a determined fashion; in the best way.”

Addressing the Udinese stalemate at San Siro, Mazzarri felt that Inter had once again paid the price for their profligacy.

“The ball wouldn’t go in but we created so many chances to score a goal,” he lamented.

“I didn’t enjoy the first half; Udinese were very organised. But in the second half, from the hour mark on, we could have scored two or three goals but the ball would not go in.

“We created chance after chance. But we needed one to go in. There’s nothing else to say. We just have to pick up as many points as possible now and look forward.”

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