The pressure of managing a big club is starting to show on Walter Mazzarri. The Tuscan coach has been full of excuses of late, and it was no different after the disappointing draw away to Atalanta.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia (h/t Football Italia) after the game, the Nerazzurri boss said:
In my view we deserved to win. If you look at the scoring opportunities, then we created more than Atalanta this evening, especially in the second half. We need to be more clinical and sharp in attack.
We also have to improve our attitude and score more goals in this period that we’re missing Diego Milito. We were naive to give away a goal when in front. We have many aspects to improve upon in order to battle for the top spots.
Lamenting the failure to pick up all three points is understandable, but it's disingenuous of the manager to say that his side deserved victory. Stefano Colantuono's Atalanta played well and capitalised on their chance when it presented itself. They were well worth the point they secured.
Mazzarri also went on to blame the pitch, and while he may have a point, the old cliche that it's the same for both sides rings true. He said:
It was absurd in a Serie A game to see everyone slipping over so much. It looked like an amateur League. We were also tired, as we used up so much energy against Verona on Saturday that we couldn’t press the same way as usual. We ran out of steam as time went on.
The last remark is closest to the truth. Inter were just tired and couldn't dominate the game in the way they'd have liked. That's down to a tough schedule, but also to coaching and the player's individual characteristics.
Again, it was the same for Atalanta, so rather than make excuses it might be more productive for Mazzarri to set about working on his side's weaknesses.