Inter Milan suffered a 3-0 defeat against Tottenham in the first leg of the Europa league encounter between the two teams, but they almost created a miracle in the second leg by qualifying for the quarter-final stage after the 4-1 defeat of Tottenham. However, they exit the competition on away goals. The inter Milan manager Andrea Stramaccioni has said that he is extremely proud of the display from his team. Trailing 3-0 on aggregate, Inter took only the 90 min in order to get back level on aggregate. This took the match into extra time when Tottenham secured a huge advantage following a goal from Emmanuel Adebayor.
This goal meant that Inter Milan had to score two goals in order to progress. They almost managed to pull it off after Álvarez scored in the 110th minute of the extra time. However, the Italian club were unable to get the second goal and the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate. They were knocked out of the competition as a result of the away goals rule. After the match, Stramaccioni has said that it is extremely tough for any team to play 120 min of a match with a lot of intensity. However, he has seen his team take a big step towards getting back to form.
“This is a fundamental sign we send today and the only positive I can see from this evening is that we won’t have midweek games to worry about. It was our best performance of the season. The team shook off its fear and always held the initiative. It’s a shame about the result, as we conceded after so many scoring opportunities. Playing 120 minutes at an incredible level of intensity is tough, but I saw a team that made a big step forward today,” said the 37-year-old.