“Even my 80-year-old mother knows we are missing a centre-back.”
Mauro Icardi had opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play and they relied on Samir Handanovic heroics, but Giovanni Simeone snatched a stoppage-time equaliser for the Viola.
This extended Inter’s winless streak in the league to five, three draws and two defeats, and six matches overall when you include crashing out of the Coppa Italia Quarter-Finals to Milan.
“There were several situations that went against us this week, as Yuto Nagatomo had flu and Andrea Ranocchia played through pain in his ribs, giving his best in the circumstances,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.
“The team loses the ball too cheaply and that creates difficulties. We then lacked a bit of spirit, of strength in the duels. These are not our characteristics and we lost the ball in banal fashion.
“Yet we had taken the lead and, although Fiorentina deserved the equaliser, we had the chances to make it 2-0. They were off balance and we didn’t take advantage.”
Spalletti had to move Davide Santon to centre-back when Ranocchia eventually limped off, but was visibly frustrated and even angry when asked if Inter were short in some areas.
“I can’t take it anymore, I don’t know what else to say… Why don’t you go to the locker room and tell them if they aren’t good enough? I do my work, there are difficulties, it’s obvious to everybody that we are missing a centre-back. Do you want a reward for being able to count the number of players in the squad? Even my 80-year-old mother at home knows we are missing a centre-back.
“You’ve asked me the same thing since the start of the season, I’ve told you the same answer 750 times, but you keep asking. We have to work and win, not lose credibility and cry at the lack of a player.
“We have to make do with what we have and in my view we put in a good performance at times. I won’t use this as an excuse, because I have to do my work and win pushing through these situations.
“We struggled to keep the ball and we didn’t keep the right distances. We ended up bunched together.”