Federico Dimarco praised the efforts his Inter teammates in their Champions League final defeat to Manchester City but he acknowledged that the Citizens had a strong squad made to win Europe’s premier trophy.
A solitary goal from Rodri was enough for the English club to secure victory, but the Italian wing-back was unfortunate not to equalise when one header hit the crossbar, and another effort was inadvertently blocked by Nerazzurri teammate Romelu Lukaku.
Although Dimarco praised Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson for the quality of his saves, he still lamented the missed opportunities for Inter.
“Definitely, we had clear chances, but Ederson made great saves,” he said to Sky Sport Italia, as reported by FC Inter News.
“There is a lot of disappointment for what we showed on the pitch, but there is a lot of pride for a team that gave 120% on the pitch. It was not enough, but the strongest team, built to win the Champions League, won.”
Inter can hold their heads high
Despite his admiration for Manchester City, Dimarco felt a sense of regret because of the squandered opportunities and the gallant performance of Inter. Nevertheless, he was still proud of the efforts of his teammates, who made it difficult for the Citizens.
“There remains a lot of disappointment because we played it on a level playing field,” Dimarco told Sport Mediaset, again as reported by FC Inter News.
“It is second place and it is a pity we lost. It was said that Man City were favourites, but the field leaves something else. This team was built to win the Champions League, we played on equal terms but the ball didn’t go in and a goal changes the game.”