Southampton saw themselves fall 1-0 to Inter Milan at the San Siro Stadium on Thursday in the Europa League after a goal by Antonio Candreva.
Candreva’s strike in the 67th minute, which was Inter’s lone shot on target throughout the game, turned out to be the decider, despite Southampton dominating most of the match. The Saints created chances, but were unable to get anything past Samir Handanovic in the Inter net. Southampton manager Claude Puel was disappointed not to get anything out of the game.
“I think we saw a very good game from my team, with quality, with a good physical level and with fresh players,” Puel said.
“We dominated all the game and missed many chances. It was just one situation against us. It is very hard to lose this game.”
Puel did add that there were some positives to take away from the match.
“I enjoyed the work of my players, because they played a fantastic first half, with quality and control of the game and many chances, without getting the goal,” Puel said.
“It is hard to accept the result of this game, with all the good things we did on the pitch. But it’s football and it’s important to learn to be clinical.”
Midfielder James Ward-Prowse shared his manager’s disappointment to have to travel back to England without any points.
“The general feeling is that we all feel a little bit hard done by,” Ward-Prowse said.
“We had a few good chances, especially in the first half and then a couple late on. We needed to be more clinical and put those chances away.
“Against good teams and in the Europa League we’re going to find it tough if we don’t. We need to be taking the chances.
“I was a bit disappointed in the first half with the one I had, but as a team we had to be more clinical. Maybe we needed a little bit of luck in front of goal.”
Southampton sits in second place in Group K with 4 points in three games.