Spalletti hails Inter's Roma draw as 'precious'

Inter were held at home by Roma in Serie A, but a draw was enough to please head coach Luciano Spalletti.

Luciano Spalletti described Inter Milan's 1-1 draw with Roma as precious, with Nerazzurri fighting to secure Champions League football next season.   -  Getty Images

Luciano Spalletti described Inter's point against Roma as "precious" in its bid for Champions League football even if he concedes the team was not always at its best.

Third-placed Inter maintained a six-point gap to Roma in fifth with a 1-1 draw at San Siro on Saturday with Ivan Perisic cancelling out Stephan El Shaarawy's stunner.

And with just five matches remaining, Spalletti hailed the importance of the result.

"I think we could've done better, because we misplaced some passes that should not be allowed at the level of Inter," he told Sky Sport Italia after the draw with his former club. 

"However, overall, a draw is fine and a precious result in the circumstances.

"While attacking a lot, we weren't able to stay organised so a draw is a fair result in the end. 

"For how the game played out, 1-1 can be seen as a good result because Roma tightened up a lot after going ahead and they're dangerous on the break with their players." 

Perisic's headed goal came in an otherwise quiet performance, but Spalletti hailed his game-saving contribution.

"Perisic does that sometimes, he has the chance to push forward, but turns and goes backwards instead," he added. 

"He is a very useful player, strong in the air and always dangerous at the back post, which is a necessary skill against a physical side like Roma."

Roma is just a point shy of fourth-place AC Milan as the race for the Champions League threatens to go to the final day and boss Claudio Ranieri believes a point was a fair result.

"We came here trying to win, which is what I always want from my teams," he said. 

"We could've countered better in the second half, as we were too pinned back and on three or four occasions Inter were smart to foul and stop us getting up the other end."

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