After another poor performance at home, that saw Inter Milan booed off the pitch after losing to Wolfsburg in the second leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday, Inter boss quickly took the spotlight off the players after the match by taking all the blame for the defeat and said that fans have every right to be angry.
“Defence is the basis of everything: in Europe you can not give two chances and concede any goals in the first 20 minutes.
“We are as disappointed as the fans and they have every right to whistle at us. We had the chances to score more goals but, once we went behind, it became far more difficult.
“We never seem to end a match with a clean sheet. This alters how we can approach games right now. Unfortunately we keep making mistakes and conceding goals from them.
“Wolfsburg are a better team than us right now, but my regret is that we gave them too many chances on a silver platter over the two legs.”
Because of his the success he had in his first time at Inter, Mancini is still getting a pass by the Nerazzuri faithful, but all that goodwill that Mancini built up then will run out eventually if results do not improve soon. It is now a little over four months since Mancini took over from the sacked Walter Mazzarri, and results have not improved. Inter are now winless in their last five games in all competitions, and are facing the prospect of not playing European football again next season.
After the Wolfsburg game, Mancini hinted that maybe he is having trouble getting his philosophy and tactics understood by his players saying:
“I probably haven’t been capable of teaching them what I want 100 per cent. The players are working hard and giving everything they’ve got,” said Mancini.