Result should have gone our way, says Mazzarri

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri believes his side, and not fierce rivals Inter Milan, should have advanced to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.

The Azzurri had several chances to score during the match but eventually bowed out at the quarter-final stage after a heartbreaking 5-4 penalty shootout loss on Wednesday.

“All one needs to do is look at the amount of shots on goal by Napoli to see how wrong this result is,” Mazzarri said.

“I also have some serious doubts over some of the refereeing decisions. There was a handball against [Hugo] Campagnaro which wasn’t awarded. As for the offside goal, it was offside, but only by a few millimetres.”

“These are situations that a coach cannot control, therefore it is useless to speak about them. I am disappointed how the match went, but not with my players. I have nothing to tell them off for, but we did deserve to win.”

Inter boss Leonardo admitted his team had struggled at times but was thrilled to set up a last-four clash against either Juventus or Roma.

“I am very satisfied with the performance of my team, on several occasions they coped with being on the back foot. I think our win on penalties is highly deserved,” he said.

“I saw a very even game. At certain points Napoli tried to win the game as they were playing at home. It’s true, at one point we were struggling in the middle of the field but I didn’t see a big difference between the sides.”