Spalletti: Give Roma credit for beating Inter

AS Roma manager Luciano Spalletti was miffed to see his team’s 3-1 win over Inter Milan put under the microscope on Sunday.

Radja Nainggolan struck twice at San Siro, and Diego Perotti made sure of the result with a late penalty after Mauro Icardi had pulled one back for the Nerazzurri, but Spalletti was unhappy to see the penalty incident over-analysed.

"I don't know what people are looking for," he said. "Roma won deservedly, people seek all these little incidents.

"What interests me is the performance and that shows Roma deserved to win, there is absolutely no doubt about it. All week people have been dragging out pundits and ex-Inter players to talk about penalties. We're fed up.

"Inter are a great team, you just have to look at their players. They play good football and showed strong mentality today. That's all fine. They can lose. Roma played well and did not rob anyone of anything."

Inter boss Stefano Pioli, meanwhile, called it "a complicated and difficult match, but also a balanced one".

"It's a setback we didn't want, though we knew that we were facing an important and strong opponent," Pioli told Mediaset Premium. "Roma were more surgical in their finishing and took their chances well. We had opportunities too, but only took one.

"It's disappointing we conceded those goals, but Nainggolan scored two excellent strikes. The error we made was allowing him two shots from 20 metres out and both went to the far post. It's a shame the differential in the scoreline is so big."

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