FC Internazionale Milano striker Hernán Crespo put a positive spin on the 2-2 draw against Valencia CF that leaves his side requiring a win or a high scoring draw to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals at the Mestalla stadium in two weeks' time.
"We're okay with it," said Argentinian centre-forward Crespo. "Obviously we're all a bit disappointed about the draw as we created a lot of chances and couldn't put them away. But it's only half-time and if we play like that in the second half we'll definitely qualify. We know that now we've got to go the Mestalla and play well."
Inter created a host of chances and twice took the lead through Esteban Cambiasso in the first half and Maicon on 75 minutes. However, despite creating few chances in a match dominated by the home side, the visitors levelled through David Villa and David Silva.
"We can't criticize the defence at all because both of the goals were from outside the area and Villa pulled off something extraordinary," said Crespo. "You have to say well done them. They came here and managed to get a good result but if we play like that again we'll be fine. We know we should have won and it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth that we've conceded two goals against the run of play but we can go through."
The 31-year-old added: "They had quite a lot of luck and hopefully we'll get it next time but we know what we've got to do. We created some excellent chances, hit the post and were unlucky. We feel a little bit bitter but we now know what we must do. We deserved to win and it's disappointing to get a draw but we know we'll be OK because it’s not too often that you dominate a match like that and end up drawing."
It was a night of mixed fortunes for Cambiasso, who left the pitch injured shortly after his goal. He said: "It was tough to take when they scored. We squandered several chances while they scored from their two shots on goal. Both of them were long shots plucked out of thin air but even if we'd have won today we'd have been worried about the match at the Mestalla because they are a good side."
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