Inter are not Barcelona but season’s only started – Mancini

Roberto Mancini defended the quality of Inter’s performances after another hard-fought win on Wednesday, arguing that while his side are hardly on the same level as Barcelona, they still have plenty of time to improve.

The Nerazzurri are the only side in Serie with a 100 per cent record after five rounds of action and their latest triumph, a 1-0 success over Verona at San Siro, moved the Milan outfit three points clear at the top of the table.

However, despite making their best start to a league campaign since 1966, Inter have been criticised for the unconvincing nature of their victories, given that they have won all of their matches to date by a solitary goal.

Mancini, though, is bemused by the flak his troops are taking, pointing out that they are still a work in progress after a summer of several new arrivals.

“I do not get this thing of having to play well,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I do not think there is someone that can play like Barcelona, ​​or at least I have not seen any team that can win games four or 5-0.

“It doesn’t take much to figure out we are not Barcelona, but we are at the beginning of the season. AC Milan won a championship always winning 1-0!

“I think it takes time for a team like us, as we have added many new players.”

Felipe Melo scored the only goal of the game against Verona, with the Brazilian midfielder heading home a corner 11 minutes into the second half.

Mancini was pleased with Inter’s display after the interval, particularly as he felt that they had started sluggishly.

“I’m not satisfied with the first 20 minutes played by the team; they were subdued,” the former Manchester City boss added.

“Later we came out well in the second half and we did well. The first league matches are never easy and the results of other teams prove it.”