ROME - "The reaction of the team in the second half was no doubt better than in the first half, but with the difficult situation we have at the moment, seeing my players search for the goal right until the end of the game was the only positive aspect of this match. Lazio played well, but everything went their way, whereas nothing went out way." Rafa Benitez commented, to the Sky Sport microphones, the defeat suffered to Edy Reja's team this evening at the Olimpico stadium. "We knew it would be a difficult game, there is a Club World Cup around the corner and this evening it was not easy to create danger up front because the two strikers who so far have scored the most, as in Eto'o and Milito, weren't available. We were unlucky."
A goal for Biava and Zarate, Inter was behind and tried to react: "If we have some situations that could put us in the lead and we don't take them it is normal that it is up to us to react second. Of course, it would be better to be the ones that take the lead. Was the team frenetic after going behind? No, I would say we are too quick in moving forwards and we leave spaces for our opponents to score," continued the Spanish coach when speaking of Inter's attitude on the field.
"With the players we have we need to find our balance, today we had few chances, but Lazio also didn't create a clear chance and we conceded their goal from a dead ball situation. We were lacking some strength in attack," continued Benitez, who then started to look at the future: "The Club World Cup is currently the most important competition, but we must do well in Bremen too because top spot in the group is always better than second."
And when asked about the injuries: "We will see tomorrow, together with the doctor, Milito's condition, with him also Chivu's and Mariga's, I believe they are close to returning. Stankovic? He felt his hamstring stiffen up and I opted to bring him off the pitch."