Pioli: We in need of balance

Inter Milan coach Stefano Pioli has highlighted a lack of self-confidence as the main problem within his squad, in addition to an excess of players.

A brace by Eder gave the Serie A giants a 2-1 victory against Sparta Prague 2-1 in their final, deadrubber Europa League group fixture on Thursday evening – having already being condemned to an early exit from the competition, finishing last in their group.

In addition, the Nerazzurri have endured a torrid season on the domestic front and currently languish in 11th position on the standings after collecting 21 points from a possible 45, and coach Pioli admits that the situation has become alarming.

"We are in desperate need of balance," he said in his post-match comments.

"One difficult situation is enough to lose self confidence at the moment. We don’t know how to suffer, we are not united and everything becomes more difficult this way.

"We have too many players and we are ready to sell some of them. Looking at the positive aspects of the elimination, we’ll have one week to prepare each game from now on."

The 51-year-old also defended his selection policy, which further cast doubt as to the future of Brazil international forward, Gabriel Barbosa who has only featured once since arriving at the club at the end of August.

"There are too many rumours about players who are not playing."

"I must chose the most prepared players, if he’s not been chosen yet, it means that he’s not ready yet," he concluded.