By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Inter looked set close the gap with Juve in the title race after recently handing the league leaders their first loss in 49 games. But their momentum is in danger of slowing down after the surprise 3-2 loss to Atalanta.
Stramaccioni felt his side were good enough to come out as victors but luck deserted them on the night.
Atalanta's Giacomo Bonaventura scored an early goal that put Inter on the backfoot and two goals by Denis, the second one from the penalty spot, made their task even more difficult. Fredy Guarin and Rodrigo Palacio did get a couple back in the second half but Atalanta held on for the win.
"It was unthinkable that we could win every game," Allegri philosophised in the post-match press conference.
"We were late defending Giacomo Bonaventura's goal, but for the rest I was not disappointed with the team.
"Andrea Consigli did well in goal and in the second half we were fired up.
"Unfortunately, Atalanta scored their second during our best moment of the match.
"It's a shame, as if we hadn't conceded the third then we would've easily equalised again, as they were getting tired."
Denis' penalty came about after Matias Silvestre felled Maxi Moralez but television replays seemed to suggest that it was a legitimate challenge. The Inter coach, however, refused to be drawn into discussing the referee's decision.
"I didn't comment on the incidents against Juventus last week, so I'm certainly not going to comment on this.
"We have to compliment Atalanta. I knew this was a difficult match. Inter did not deserve to lose, but we can only tip our hats to our opponents.
"I did not see a drop in the performance levels, so from next weekend we'll try to get back on track in terms of results."
Inter players return to domestic action with a match against Cagliari on Sunday.