In the return match of the eighth finals of the Champions League, the Inter players showed that Liverpool is not untouchable, even at their own Anfield. Only for the second time in the last 32 games at home, the Reds did not score a single goal, and just when half an hour before the end of the match Lautaro Martinez's goal shook the hosts, the Nerazzurri quickly remained on the field with ten and made it easier for the rival to defend the lead 2-0 from the first match.
The second-placed team of Serie A demonstrated in 180 minutes of football that they can play on a par with the second-placed team from the Premier League, by many the highest quality and most competitive in Europe. "It is a great pity because we wanted to reach the round of 16 with all our might.
We played against Liverpool, which, along with Manchester City and Bayern, is one of the three best teams in Europe at the moment. And we fought with them, "Inter coach Simone Inzaghi began the press conference. His team played a quality match in the first act of the fight for the quarterfinals of the elite competition in the north of Italy, but the drop in concentration in the last twenty minutes cost them a 2-0 defeat inflicted by Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah in the 75th and 83rd minutes.
"We are probably paying the price for the last 15 minutes of the first game against Giuseppe Meazza, because I think we played two very good games against a great opponent." "It is clear that we deserved more in 75 minutes, and then we conceded a goal from the corner.
it knocked us out completely. "
Sanchez red card
Just a minute after Lautaro Martinez's goal, which reduced Inter to 2: 1 in the overall score, Alexis Sanchez earned his second yellow card. "We came to Anfield to show the best football and the clash with the top team ended in despair.
During our best, and their worst period of the game, Alexis was off... Very bad timing." Inzaghi is known as the coach who usually pulls out players who have previously received yellow cards, but in the case of the Chilean he took a risk even though the start for the first public warning against Thiago Alcantara was on the verge of a red card.
"I have absolutely no regrets about keeping him in the game. I did it because I needed him on the field and I would never replace him in a game like this." As Edin Dzeko, Robin Gosens sat on the bench at Anfield, the journalists were interested in whether Inter really did their best to win.
"Calhanoglu was tired, Dzeko will be very important to me in Turin, so I had to make a different calculation. I was not trying to keep 1: 0. But to make a balance. I only regret Sanchez's red card because Liverpool was shaken after Lautaro's goal and I would like to see what would have happened next if there had been no exclusion, "concluded the Italian