“I saw from the start that we were playing against a good team, but we were only late because of a penalty kick. I told the players that if we keep doing what we’re doing we won’t lose. I was right, we just needed this moment to get back in the game,” Sarri told Dazen after the match. “.
Inter advanced thanks to a penalty kick scored by Ivan Perisic, then Shiro Immobile equalized with another penalty, before Lazio advanced with a counter that was finished by Felipe Anderson.
This second goal sparked some controversy because Federico Demarco fell injured during the goal, although the ball was with the Nerazzurri when Demarco was injured and continued to play on it with a shot from Lautaro Martinez on the goal.
Sarri commented on this matter, saying: “There is no discussion. Demarco fell and Inter went and shot on goal. If someone should take the ball out to stop play, they are Inter players, and they did not. It is one situation, they are the ones who allowed to continue playing.”
“There is a very clear rule, and we only see these complaints in Italy. In Europe and in the Champions League this does not happen, it only happens in Italy.”
Lazio defender Luiz Felipe was sent off the bench at the end of the match for “ridiculing” former team-mate Joaquin Correa, who moved to Inter in the summer market, while Felipe said he was only joking with a close friend of his.
“He told me the referee had sent him off, but he was just going to greet Correa, given that they are good friends who played with each other for a long time. I suppose there is a terrible misunderstanding here,” Sarri said.
“Francesco Acerbi received a two-match ban for (intimidating behavior) without raising a finger, so I should not be surprised that a situation like this deserves a red card. Felipe Anderson practically had a physical attack after the goal, I expected to see the red cards fly by then.”
Sarri joined the list of coaches criticizing the crowded schedule, saying that the game is about money, saying: “I wanted to say that all the things that made me love this sport in the beginning are less present now.”
“If you play every 3 days and you get half an hour to prepare for the match, you don’t get time to work with people and improve the players. I still like that work, but to a lesser degree than before.”
It is noteworthy that Lazio raised its score with this victory to 14 points in fifth place, while Inter’s balance froze at 17 points in fourth place.