Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri believes he is succeeding in his plan to improve the Italian club despite a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Serie A leaders Roma.
Inter headed into the clash with Roma unbeaten in the league this season, but two goals to Francesco Totti and a further strike from Alessandro Florenzi brought that run to a screeching halt.
But speaking after the match, Mazzarri said the final result did not reflect his squad’s performance against the league leaders.
"As you know, I look at the performance beyond the result," Mazzarri told Sky Sport Italia.
"Football is based on incidents, which some weeks go against you. Since I arrived, the plan was to improve this side and grow their confidence, which I'd say is succeeding.
"Overall I'd say we were not inferior to Roma in terms of our play. The team played well, but Roma have excellent quality with players like Francesco Totti who can turn a game at any moment.
"Paradoxically, we played better tonight than we did when beating Fiorentina 2-1. We laid siege to Roma in the second half, but it never went in and at that point I realised we were never going to score a goal tonight.
"This is football, Roma hurt us on two or three counter-attacks early on. We had more possession, but ultimately that was only worth a statistic, because we lost 3-0.
"We had more of the ball, more passes and more shots, but no goals. If the players keep on doing this well, the result will go their way more often than not. These incidents can happen."