Apologetic Spalletti had forgotten losing feeling at Inter

Getty Images
Inter must return to basics if they are to avoid further defeats, according to Luciano Spalletti after his first loss as coach.

Luciano Spalletti apologised for his first defeat as Inter coach and called for his side to go back to basics in their Serie A title bid.

Inter led the league table heading into the weekend, but a costly 3-1 home defeat to Udinese on Saturday handed opportunities to second-placed Napoli and third-placed champions Juventus to take top spot.

Spalletti admitted the stunning defeat was a strange feeling for his previously unbeaten players, but added that it is important they return to the principles rooted in their title challenge.

"I'm sorry for this defeat - like all of them," he told Mediaset Premium. "It had been a long time and we had forgotten how it feels.

"In the second half we were not able to keep the ball and we made mistakes, also not making brave choices. It did not turn out so well. This is something new, especially what happened to us at the beginning of the first half.

"Now we have to go back to doing the things that brought us to this point."

Assessing the title race, Spalletti acknowledged that this was a huge blow as a number of sides maintain a fine pace at the top.

"For the teams at the top, it is a continuous sprint and it is clear that those who stop for a moment are overtaken," he added. "We obviously did not want this.

"With this small mistake, the other teams have gained a great advantage."

Next article:
Best FIFA 19 players: Global Series ranks best pro esports gamers
Next article:
Napoli will not sack 'big signing' Ancelotti if they miss Champions League qualification, says De Laurentiis
Next article:
Kovac dismisses Bayern link with Pavard
Next article:
'I’m really at home here' – Sane open to new Man City deal
Next article:
Van Dijk isn't as good as 'world-beater' Liverpool legend - Rush