Written By Onyeka Daniel
Yesterday, Inter Milan faced Spanish side, Real Sociedad away from home and for the game, the manager, Simone Inzaghi made several changes to his lineup, with some changes forced.
The likes of Kristjan Asllani, Benjamin Pavard, Carlos Augusto and Marko Arnautovic all started, but there was no space for Davide Frattesi as he waits for his first start since making the switch from Sassuolo in the summer.
Just like in the Milan derby, he did make an impact as his miscued shot went straight to Lautaro Martinez for the equalizer and the player insists he isn’t someone who would cause problems due to the lack of playing time.
The 23-year-old joined the Nerazzurri in the summer after completing a transfer from Sassuolo worth around €30m. Yesterday, he replaced the disappointing Kristijan Asllani in the second half of the Champions League encounter against Real Sociedad. Frattesi feels it was an important result for the Nerazzurri who managed to avoid their first defeat of the season.
“Returning home with a point was fundamental. Starting the campaign with a defeat wouldn’t have been ideal,” said the former Sassuolo man in his post-match interview. “We did well to stay in the game, thanks to Yann Sommer who made great saves. We were also lucky. “Then, we improved in the second half, scoring an equalizer, even if, in the end, we could have even made it 2-1.”
“We can’t always start from 1-0 or 2-0 like we did in Serie A. Sometimes, we could find ourselves trailing. The important thing is to stay in the match.” Frattesi also explained that he’d never make a fuss when his coach Simone Inzaghi doesn’t play him enough. “It’s not a problem for me. Everyone knows it, including the coach. I’m not someone who creates a mess if he doesn’t play.
“When I’m given the opportunity, I’ll give my all, whether from the start or when coming off the bench.” He further added. Inter Milan captain, Martinez has given credit to Real Sociedad who managed to put his side in great difficulty. The two clubs locked horns at the San Sebastian Stadium on Wednesday night in the first matchday of the Champions League group stage.
The Spanish side were the better side from the get-go. Their supremacy saw them take the lead as early as the fourth minute. Brais Mendez dispossessed Alessandro Bastoni before beating Yann Sommer. The Basque-based club then had a string of chances but failed to double their lead. In the end, the Nerazzurri launched a late onslaught and managed to snatch the equalizer through the Argentine forward.
After the match, the Inter captain admitted that his opponents made it difficult for him and his teammates. “I congratulate the boys because we managed to stay in the game,” said the Argentine in his post-match interview. “But also have to congratulate Sociedad because they put us in great difficulty. It was important not to lose at this stadium.
“This is a competition where the details count. We have to significantly improve. I’m happy because we stayed in the game even when we were facing difficulties. “The first half is one to forget. Now let’s recover our energy and focus on our next Serie A match.”
Martinez also acknowledged that his team may have been tired following last weekend’s routing win over AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina. “We’re coming from an intense Derby where we spent a lot of energy. Now the important thing is to raise our heads and prepare well for Empoli. “We always try to get to the end on all fronts. It’s only the beginning and there’s still great room for improvement.” He further added.
Real Sociedad were minutes away from a dream start to their Champions League campaign and it was a frustrating end to an excellent performance from La Real. They were by far the better team on the night, with Inter having just one shot on target, which they converted.
Speaking in his post match interview, Imanol Alguacil expressed pride at his side’s performance. However, he was disappointed that they lost the victory so late on. “We played a great game and even though we have drawn, the fans have to be very proud. I am annoyed because we came very close to winning.
“It’s crazy to have the team we had in front of us. There were no excuses and we proved it. We had to leave the field proud and that’s what we did. We were better in many phases of the game and we deserved more.” He further added.
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