BAKU – So Inter come away from Azerbaijan with a draw. The result was always going to be inconsequential with the Nerazzurri already certain of their place among the seeds in the draw for the last 32, but the 0-0 with Qarabag offered plenty of positives nonetheless.
For a start, the point against means Inter end their 2014/15 UEFA Europa League Group F campaign undefeated.
The game also provided Roberto Mancini with an opportunity to test out the fitness of certain players edging their way back after spells on the sidlines, while at the same time allowing him to blood some of the youngsters he drafted into the squad for the occasion.
The coach shared his views with the media after the final whistle: “It was a good game and all the lads played well. They tried to hold a high line and showed the right attitude. Qarabag are a very good team and I’m sorry they didn’t make it through to the next round.
“I was happy with the response the boys I put out there gave me today. We had some guys who hadn’t played for ages, who were coming off the back of injuries. And there were several kids involved too. Donkor was excellent, for example. And so too was Bonazzoli – he might have scored tonight.
“Now it’s important that we keep on grafting and make sure that we keep on improving. We play Chievo on Monday so we’ll get straight back out there and start preparing for is as best we can.”