Ricky Alvarez admitted after Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Atalanta that Inter have little hope of challenging for the Serie A title if they continue to throw away leads.
The Argentine put the San Siro side a goal to the good in Bergamo but they were ultimately forced to settle for a share of the spoils on account of German Denis' equaliser.
The result sees Inter take outright possession of fourth place but they are nine points behind leaders Roma, having played one game more.
"Today we go away only half-satisfied," Alvarez told Sky Sport Italia. "We played a great game. They are a difficult squad that play well at home.
"But we need to be more clever. We have gone ahead but not taken home the three points - like against Torino and Cagliari. This is what we're lacking to move forward.
"We have played well in all the games, but we have not held on to the advantage until the end.
"The squads that want to fight for the Scudetto must do this."
Inter next face a tricky trip to Udinese.