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Spalletti: Inter needs to stay angry

Boss says team should be aware they belong.    

Juventus v FC Internazionale - Serie A
Head coach Luciano Spalletti of Internazionale issues instructions during the Serie A match between Juventus and FC Internazionale at Allianz Stadium on December 9, 2017 in Turin, Italy.
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Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti had some strong words following the Nerazzurri’s 0-0 draw in the Derby d’Italia Saturday in Turin.

Spalletti was fine with taking a point at Juventus, but seemed to feel the team was under the impression they didn’t belong on the same pitch as the six time Scudetto holders.

"When you come to this stage and you cannot score a goal and you take a point, that's fine, but we have to hurry up and understand that we've earned this level of our potential. We must be aware that if we are here it is because we have deserved it,” Spaletti said, according to ESPN. "We must not lower the level of anger, because in some moments we have lacked the malice to go and hurt and seemed to be content with the phase of possession.”

Inter has yet to lose this season and is currently tops in the Serie A. It was brilliant saves from Samir Handanovic and a staunch Nerazzurri defense that kept Juventus off the score sheet and earned a rare draw at the Allianz Stadium.

But, it seems Spalletti wants more than just satisfaction over a draw.

"We needed more determination to understand what could be the right opportunity. In addition to receiving the compliments for never losing, we have to analyse [sic] because we have not won all [our matches],” Spalletti said. "Tonight we have not expressed all our qualities and we must be aware otherwise in the Italian league it becomes difficult to aspire to the maximum."

The Nerazzurri will be in action again at 3 p.m. (ET) Tuesday when they host Serie C side Pordenone at the Giuseppe Meazza in the Coppa Italia. Check back here for more details on Inter’s first game in this year’s Coppa.