Inter boss Roberto Mancini couldn’t hide his disappointment after the Nerazzurri lost the Italian Super Cup to Roma.
The Beneamata had won the previous two battles between the Coppa Italia winners and Scudetto holders, but were beaten 1-0 after a late Daniele De Rossi penalty.
"We didn’t play well," Mancini told the Inter Channel. "They were better in the first half, but we dominated the second half until they snatched a goal.
"We made too many simple errors, especially when we won the ball back in midfield. We’re not yet fully fit and that caused us to make mistakes we would not usually make."
Serbian midfielder Dejan Stankovic was also quick to admit that the San Siro outfit weren’t at their best, but claimed that there were mitigating circumstances.
"It was a strange game with both sides at around 70 per cent," he insisted. "We need to admit that we didn’t play well, but there is no need to sound the alarm as it is going to be a very long season."
Inter begin their title defence at home to Udinese next Sunday.
MATCH REPORT: [Roma first to celebrate].
Source: C4 Football Italia