Luciano Spalletti on Inter's defeat: 'Not a particularly bad performance'
Inter Milan's Luciano Spalletti said his side "didn't put in a particularly bad performance" despite a 2-0 defeat at Genoa as their downward spiral continued.
Inter had gone seven Serie A games without a win until ending their skid last weekend with a victory over Bologna, only to be dealt another setback on Saturday.
But Spalletti tried to put a positive spin on the result, saying only Inter's confidence was lacking.
"The team didn't put in a particularly bad performance tonight," Spalletti told Mediaset Premium. "We just needed to stay in the game and pounce on the right moment to go in front. We did have a couple of chances, but the own goal created problems.
"We must be able to grow gradually, as it's difficult to just do a handbrake turn. We've got to stay in the zone moment by moment, until our determination is rewarded."
Spalletti said it was difficult to recover from a demoralising Andrea Ranocchia own goal just before half-time.
"The first half didn't have a lot of quality, but it was balanced," he said. "We were waiting to raise the tempo at the right moment, but then the own goal changed it. At this moment, it becomes difficult to mount a reaction.
"We are fragile right now and that makes it difficult for us to react to setbacks. There is no other solution than to believe in the potential of the team, believing that the journey ahead can get us back on track and maintain a position in the table that allows us to stay in the running for the top spots."
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