Walter Mazzarri can blame the referee all he wants, but the truth is that his Inter side were simply outclassed by Napoli in what was one of the most exciting games of the Serie A season so far.
Speaking after the 4-2 loss in Naples, Mazzarri let loose on referee Paolo Tagliavento (here in English from Four Four Two):
There was a series of terrible mistakes that changed the game. The first card (on Alvarez) was harsh too, as he tripped up.
I saw far worse challenges that were worthy of a card and I think with 11 men against 11 we could've got back on level terms.
Perhaps Tagliavento is unlucky with us, as we've had two defeats all season and both were with Tagliavento making many mistakes.
The other loss was against Roma with a non-existent penalty. We're unlucky with him, it keeps happening to us and maybe Tagliavento is just out of shape.
The decision might have been harsh, but it was far from decisive, and if he wants Inter to improve and climb the table, then the former Napoli boss will have to work on the many areas in which his former club outclassed his current side.
But what can we take from the game?