Inter Coach Rafael Benitez Pleased With Nerazzurri Tour Of North America

The Nerazzurri let the lead slip twice, but the Spaniard is happy that many young players have gotten game time...
Inter boss Rafael Benitez has admitted that it was his aim to let a lot of his players get game-time during his side's tour of North America.

The Spaniard believed that despite giving up a the lead twice in the match, there were positives to come out with a draw against FC Dallas.

"It was a good game for the fans, with a lot of opportunities for both sides," Benitez said in a post-match press conference attended by "You can see that it was sometimes too open, but it was good for the fans.

"[FC Dallas] were quite sharp and you could see the difference in terms of physical condition. They worked very hard, very fast, and had good qualities. They were a good team.

"[Our young players] worked hard and done a good job. The committment was there, and that's the main thing. Now they'll improve and they'll understand the ideas we are working on."

Benitez also reveals that the warm conditions - as well as players returning from the World Cup - also attributed to the tactician not being able to field a full-strength line-up.

"We have some players coming back from the World Cup, so they couldn't play more than 45 minutes," he continued. "Even that was too long for some of them.

"But in the end we're trying to do our job here - to work hard and improve the system, so it helps.

The coach had high praise for the sporting facilities he found whilst on tour in America.

"I think it's always good to play games and to train with good facilities, like the ones we've had so far and the ones we'll have over the next couple of days," added the former Liverpool boss. "It's all part of the pre-season, to work hard, and stick together, as we have a lot of players coming back late."

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