Inzaghi hails Benevento ‘lions’

Pippo Inzaghi praises his ‘lions’ after 10-man Benevento neutralised Roma for a precious point. ‘It feels like we won.’

It was a defensive masterclass from Le Streghe, who had Kamil Glik sent off after 57 minutes, but barely allowed any genuine chances until stoppages.

At that stage, Luca Caldirola performed a goal-line clearance, then a penalty was awarded for Daam Foulon’s foul on Stephan El Shaarawy, only to be revoked using VAR because of Lorenzo Pellegrini’s offside position.

“We were lions tonight. I am so proud, as it feels like we won, having held out with 10 against 11 with a Roma side that could introduce Dzeko, El Shaarawy and Pedro off the bench,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.

“If you don’t play like this against Roma, you will concede five goals. We knew that we’d get opportunities on the counter, which we did, but obviously once we went down to 10 men before the hour mark, I thought we had no chance.

“Instead, these lads proved once again how great they are. If we continue like this, we can really stay in Serie A.”

Inzaghi walked off at one point in the final minutes, then returned and was sent off for wandering outside his technical area.

“I was angry, because it would’ve been truly unfair if we were left empty-handed after this performance. I even introduced Roberto Insigne because not only did it feel as if we weren’t running any risks at the back, we could even win it.

“Many of these players are in their debut Serie A season, so it would always take time to develop, but we try to play our game when we get the chance. If we just defend, we won’t be able to survive in Serie A. I’d told the lads at half-time that we could get all three points.

“We knew it would be a struggle against Roma, but also that Gianluca Lapadula could break away and cause them problems. Down to 10 for over half-an-hour, we’ll take it.”


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