Inter coach Hector Cuper is confident his side will bounce back from the disappointment of squandering a two-goal lead at the weekend, when they face his former club Valencia in Wednesday’s Champions League tie.
The manner of Inter’s draw with Roma, where they threw away a two-goal lead with only seven minutes remaining, raised doubts about their ability to sustain a meaningful challenge in either Italy or Europe. But Cuper, who blamed the defeat on individual errors, dismissed talk of the need for radical changes.
“A coach is always under pressure that is for sure,” Cuper said ahead of tomorrow’s encounter with his former club.
“But this is a game of 180 minutes, not just one match, and yes we are under pressure because we need to win.
“If you start putting lots of things into the picture it can get confusing – we need to focus on this one game,” he added.
“There are always going to be errors and mistakes made,” he said. “If you look at Sunday’s game we played some of the best football we have produced all season but then we only drew the game.
“We had 10 minutes at the end where I don’t know if it was a lack of concentration but we certainly made errors. There isn’t a coach who can say he doesn’t have the problem of players committing errors.”
“I don’t believe Inter need to change their system or way of playing,” he said.
“We need to take certain things into account and we know that Valencia are a team that put you under pressure, close you down and work for each other.
“We haven’t to give the ball away. But in the end we have our way of playing and they have theirs and we will see who comes out better and wins the game,” said the Inter coach.
“We are team who score a lot and concede a lot, so there is an imbalance there,” he said.
“Often, though, it is not only the system, it can be players who make a mistake and that is a risk you always have.”
“They (Valencia) are a very solid team who never give up,” he said.
“They are very tight at the back and very secure tactically in a possession of the ball. It will be hard to find space, to create chances, but we will have a chance”.