Inter finished with Europe when it comes to the 2020/21 season. Some will say that the Nerazzurri were unlucky - Lautaro Martinez had a great chance in the sixth minute of the duel with Shakhtar, while in the very end on Giuseppe Meazza, Romelu Lukaku prevented a goal which could be scored by Sanchez.
However, the numbers speak enough about whether the giant from the north of Italy really had a place among the best 16. It is good that Inter had the opportunity to decide in the last round on a potential placement in the knockout phase with almost two draws, two defeats, and only one victory.
The entire Inter European saga starting in October, the first round, and saving their heads (Lukaku's goal in the 90th minute brought a point) against Monchengladbach seemed futile and unconvincing. Such a rhythm, which is not in line with the reputation of the club, as they were emphasized with Juventus before the start of the season as the main candidate for the "scudetto", has not changed, so the Italian team ended the group stage in the last place for the first time in history.
Handanovic on their elimination
And that is a clear indication that Inter's guys this season weren't good enough to play in the best club competition on the planet. That attitude is also represented by the first goalkeeper of this team, Samir Handanović.
"We did not deserve to go further. This was a very balanced group and I think the games in Kyiv and tonight cost us. "Maybe we could have done better, but it is not the time to cry for spilled milk, but to shift the focus to Serie A and the Italian Cup," Handanovic told Italian Sky Sport.
Last season in the European elite was also not successful for the Nerazzurri, who moved from the third position to the Europa League. And these, just like the previous ones, three Italian clubs are in the 1/16 finals, while Inter was again absent.
"It is obvious that Inter is not ready for the Champions League. The table clearly confirms that we celebrated only once out of six attempts, and that is simply not enough and we deserve to be where we are. We had to score.
Honestly, I expected Shakhtar to go for a little more than one point, but they seem to be satisfied with the third position. We still have a bitter taste in our mouths, but also an imperative to dedicate ourselves as much as possible to Serie A ", explained the Slovenian keeper of the net.