Champions League: Inter Milan manager, Spaletti reveals why they lost to Barcelona

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Inter Milan manager, Luciano Spalletti, has criticised his side for not being brave, after they lost 2-0 at Barcelona in Group B of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Inter struggled to get a foothold at Camp Nou, despite Barca captain Lionel Messi’s absence, due to a fractured arm.

Rafinha, who was on loan at Inter last season, gave Barca a first-half lead and Jordi Alba wrapped it up for the hosts with seven minutes remaining.

“I’m sad mostly because I wanted a totally different approach in the first half.

“We were not brave enough to play the ball when we were in possession and we allowed Barcelona to play as they prefer.

“You cannot come here to defend and try to score on one counter-attack, you need to play better with the ball if you want to achieve something in this stadium.

“We didn’t show as much character compared to our first two Champions League games. We weren’t courageous enough and the opposition made the most of our attitude. We didn’t do as much as we can.

“We also could have scored over the course of the game but they were stronger than us and deserved to win. They played well, passing the ball quickly and thinking fast,” Spalletti told reporters afterwards.

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