Mazzarri tells Inter: Never let your guard down

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Inter beat Hellas Verona 4-2 to regain fourth place in Serie A, but coach Walter Mazzarri chastised his team for making hard work of it.

Inter triumphed 4-2 over Verona in an exciting clash at San Siro, but the Nerazzurri were made to fight after looking like they would cruise to victory, to the annoyance of boss Walter Mazzarri.

It has been a disappointing start to the season for Mazzarri and he was looking to give new owner Erick Thohir something to cheer as they hosted a Verona side that hadn't scored against them at San Siro in 6060 days.

The home side raced into a two-goal lead before they were pegged back by Raphael Martinho who ran on to a Luca Toni knock down and blasted home.

Esteban Cambiasso restored their cushion before half-time and Portuguese defender Rolando looked to have put the game beyond doubt after 56 minutes.

But Verona showed great resilience to haul themselves back into the game. Brazilian Romulo fired into the corner to make it 4-2 before Toni saw a goal harshly disallowed for pulling Andrea Ranocchia's shirt.

While Inter boss Mazzarri was pleased with the points he showed some exasperation that the Nerazzurri hadn't closed the game out more effectively.

"We made errors that you can't make," he complained on Sky. "You can never let your guard down in football and think that the game is won.

"We played really well up to a certain point in the game but if you want to be at the top of the table you can't afford for lapses.

"I think we managed to scare ourselves. We had seen Juventus lose 4-2 against Fiorentina (from 2-0 up) and if you lose concentration you can lose to anyone."

Mazzarri was also disappointed in Ishak Belfodil, who was sent off as the final whistle blew for a fight with Vangelis Moras, who also saw red.

"I think the lad is lacking a little experience," he said. "Perhaps the referee could have turned a blind eye though."

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