Roberto Mancini believes the weight of expectancy of playing at San Siro is affecting his Inter team after they went down to a late Alvaro Morata strike in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Juventus.
Inter started brightly in the Derby d’Italia contest and took a deserved lead when Mauro Icardi deflected Marcelo Brozovic’s long-range effort into the bottom corner.
However, Claudio Marchisio’s penaltly levelled it up before the break and a late howler from goalkeeper Samir Handanovic gifted Morata his eighth Serie A goal of the season and the champions all three points.
Inter have won just six times on home turf in Serie A this term, an area that head coach Mancini is keen to address.
“Playing at San Siro weighs on us a lot at this stage,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“San Siro is our home, they are our fans, we have to make it a strength to play here and not a weakness.”
The turning point of the match came when Nemanja Vidic chopped down Alessandro Matri in the penalty area four minutes before the break, resulting in Marchisio’s equaliser, but Mancin
i refused to blame the defender.
“He could have been more careful with the penalty challenge, but it happens,” he added.
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