Simone Inzaghi’s side went into Sunday’s fixture knowing AC Milan, league leaders by two points, had only drawn at Salernitana on Saturday.
But Inter they were stunned when Giacomo Raspadori put Sassuolo ahead after only 8 minutes, and Gianluca Scamacca doubled the lead in the 26th minute.
As we saw in mid-week against Liverpool in the Champions League, Inter are not taking their chances at the moment and Milan Skriniar, Ivan Perisic, Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez all squandered good chances to pull Inter back into the game.
Even when they did find the net, four minutes into added time, Stefan de Vrij’s effort was ruled out by VAR.
Inter are in the midst of a worrying run of form and have now won just one of their last five games in Serie A.
Afterwards Inzaghi dmitted that he is “very angry” with his team following the defeat saying:
“I am very angry with the approach, because we had three days since Wednesday’s game [against Liverpool], we talked about the fact Sassuolo beat Juve and Milan away, they play great football and we had to be wary,” he said.
“We tried to do everything in the second half, created so many chances and were unlucky, but the fact remains we should’ve had a different approach. Sassuolo had great technical quality, they were fresher physically and it showed.
“We will analyse the situation, we know there are 13 games to go, we are all up there and want to keep going forward. The fact is, a team that wants to win the Scudetto cannot get the approach as wrong as we did today.”
Inzaghi tried to influence the game with his substitutions and suggested his only regret was that he wasn’t able to make more drastic alterations, saying:
“I would’ve happily changed more than two at half time. We lost some of our organisation, we tried to open it up again, but we have to analyse what went wrong today.
“There’s another match in four days, we know that we play continually and need to be stronger than absences, bans, injuries, setbacks, everything. We’re all in there and will see what happens at the end of the season.”
Inter’s next match is against Genoa on Friday evening, with the Rossoblu currently second-bottom of the table.