Simone Inzaghi post-Champions League final press conference: “I’m proud of how Inter played, I told my players we had a chance to win”

Simone Inzaghi had nothing but praise for both his own team and also Manchester City following the Champions League final defeat In Istanbul.

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ATATURK OLYMPIC STADIUM (Istanbul): Simone Inzaghi believes his players should be proud of both their “path and the final” despite their 1-0 loss which saw Manchester City lift their first-ever Champions League trophy at the end of a tight final.

After going 1-0 down following Rodri‘s second-half goal, Inter mounted a final assault that resulted in several clear goal opportunities and their coach thinks they’d have deserved to score.

Rodri celebrates Manchester City’s Champions League final goal. (Photo: Getty)

Inter’s fate was already sealed

As far as Simone Inzzghi is concerned, Inter may have just been destined not to score considering the chances they were unable to put away.

“We had chances with [Romelu] Lukaku, [Federico] Dimarco, [Robin] Gosens and we would have deserved more. I’m still trying to process those final 25 minutes with the bar, Ederson‘s saves and everything else, it was probably already written”, he said.

“We couldn’t change the outcome, but we should be proud of what we did.

“Of course we’re disappointed, but I said that I wouldn’t swap my players for anyone else and tonight you saw why.”

Inter players Raoul Bellanova, Francesco Acerbi and Federico Dimarco applaud fans after the 2023 Champions League final loss. (@Inter_en)

Inzaghi cannot fault Man City as winners

Inzaghi also added that Man City’s Champions League glory was “deserved”, claiming that the way the Nerazzurri faced the English giants is “the thing which made me most proud.”

Manchester City deserved to win the Champions League for what they’ve done in recent years,” he said.

“I congratulated Pep [Guardiola] on his success, but I would have liked to make him wait longer [before winning it].

“When you see Manchester City play against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, it’s normal to say what everyone was saying.

“However, this morning I told my players we have a chance to win. We should’ve been better in making the most of some moments of the game, tipping the scale in our favour.

“We’re really disappointed, but I feel proud: I hugged each one of my players and I would’ve wanted to do the same with every single Inter fan here in Istanbul. We played five finals in 20 months and games like these help you grow”.

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