Parma, 9 February 2019 – Following the 0-1 defeat against Inter, Roberto D’Aversa spoke to journalists at the Stadio Tardini.

“Tonight, we made mistakes when we won the ball and tried to get it forward. There’s a sense of regret because of how we played in the opening 20 minutes when we were very good and created two big chances. After the break, we got through the moment when they had us pegged back in our area and it seemed that we were back on track, but we then made a fatal error that proved decisive.

Kucka? We already made a change with Stulac for Scozzarella, the goal against wasn’t because of his physical condition, in Turin he showed that he was one of our best despite spending a lot of energy. Considering that Iacoponi also played from the start with an issue, a change had to be made and after going behind I put Sprocati on and moved Biabiany into the middle.” 

“Did we drop off physically after the break? We gave a lot in the first half, rather than a physical drop-off you have to consider the strength of the opponent. Physically, Inter are one of the strongest teams in the league. With a few players still not at 100 per cent, it makes a difference and that was clear.” 

“We had difficulties at times when Barillà got too forward which meant Scozzarella was on Vecino, this meant that when he got forward Matteo dropped back a lot so we struggled to deal with diagonal balls. In the second half, we had more of an issue with their counterattacks than what they did with the build-up play. We failed to read some things correctly when we were aggressive and Scozzarella was further forward than Barillà.”