Juventus coach Ranieri proud of players after Inter fightback

Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri was proud of his players after their 1-1 draw with Inter Milan last night.

The 10-point gap remains intact after Juve defender Zdenek Grygera's stoppage-time header cancelled out a Mario Balotelli counter-attack despite Tiago Mendes' red card.

“With 10 men and we recovered from 1-0 down, I'm satisfied,” he said of the 1-1 draw.

“In the first half we caused them a lot of problems down the flanks, then fell apart a little bit in the second and it's not right to let ourselves get surprised on the counter.

“It's true that perhaps there was a foul on [Giorgio] Chiellini to start the move, but we should have been set out better to avoid this type of counter-attack.

“Inter have the best defence in Serie A and so it's tough to create chances against them. We know the type of team [Jose] Mourinho constructs.”

The Scudetto was already lost before going into this head-to-head, as Juve dropped precious points in the preceding weeks.

“Thankfully we never lose our pride and character! Honestly against Chievo and Genoa we had taken our foot off the gas a little bit, but Juve must always play at the height of their passion, determination and enthusiasm.

“I think that at the end of the season, the table doesn't lie. When Inter don't play well, they still win 1-0 or draw with an own goal, but that's no coincidence. They work for that luck and find a way through.

“If we look at a few of our good performances when we were unlucky to drop points, but if we don't get those results and Inter do then it suggests we don't have the same qualities.”

On his relationship with Inter coach Jose Mourinho, Ranieri added: “We shook hands before and after the match. Why wouldn't we? There are eye-witnesses if you don't believe me!”

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