Pioli happy with stalemate

Inter Milan coach Stefano Pioli said he was happy with his team's performance in the 2-2 draw against arch-rivals AC Milan, especially their pressing game.

Pioli enjoyed a memorable night in his debut as the Nerazzurri manager when his team secured a point after a dramatic comeback at the San Siro stadium.

A Suso inspired brace put Vincenzo Montella's charges in the lead, but goals by Antonio Candreva and a 95th-minute effort from Ivan Perisic saw Inter claw their way back into the game.

"I don’t think we deserved defeat considering the performance, but we still have to improve in many areas," he told Mediaset Premium.

"I tried to give some balance to the team and we knew that we couldn’t be perfect already.

"I asked the team to put in heart and soul, which I think the lads did tonight.

"We have to work on our solidity, but I liked the pressing game and we must learn to press with the right timing and positioning.

The 51-year-old mentor also believes the determination his charges showed allowed them to get grab a point.

"I don’t think there’s a system issue, but of having clear ideas and concepts of football. I got a good response from the lads with their determination this evening," he added.

"Much of the improvement will be achieved through hard work. I have a selection of great players at my disposal and as a unit, we can do much better.

"We have quality, but need more determination.

"We allowed Milan very little, but they still scored two goals on the counter-attack, so balance is essential.

"We had decent possession tonight, but didn't always look forward or give Mauro Icardi the right service," he concluded.

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