Mazzarri refuses to blame Vidic for draw

The Nerazzurri coach says that the Serb’s error against the Rosanero was the kind of thing you would only see “once in 100 years”

Inter boss Walter Mazzarri refused to make a scapegoat out of Nemanja Vidic after the defender’s dreadful error in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Palermo.

Just three minutes of the game had elapsed when the former Manchester United captain was caught in possession inside his own area by Franco Vazquez, who promptly fired past Samir Handanovic.

Inter needed a goal from Mateo Kovacic to salvage a point but Mazzarri did not want to blame Vidic for ruining the team’s unblemished defensive record after the first two rounds of the Serie A season.

“The Vidic error was like the ball going through a goalkeeper’s legs – it happens once in 100 years,” the former Napoli coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“He is a very experienced player, but these things can happen to anyone.

“We were beating a record of clean sheets, but managed to gift a goal within three minutes, so nobody needs to talk about that anymore!

“Palermo were pressuring us and we held out, then for half an hour after the restart did everything right except the goal.

“We used up a lot of energy to go for a win and I moved to a four-man defence, but Palermo were fresher and we risked defeat at the end.

“It was a tight game and one incident could send the result one way or the other.

“I know what I need to tell the lads and where we can improve, but it was tough and I accept the result.”

The 20-year-old Croatian brought his team to life and is integral to so much of what Inter do in attack but his coach insists they cannot rely on him too heavily.

“I honestly did expect Kovacic to make this step up, as it was only a matter of time,” added Mazzarri.

“We must all realise that the same players cannot play every three days for 90 minutes at full tempo. We have to all train well and keep mentally and physically alert to share out the resources.”

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