Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi said the Nerazurri’s “whole world seems to come crumbling down” whenever they concede, and he doesn’t know why.
The Serie A side threw away a 1-0 lead at Southampton in Europa League group play on Thursday, only to finish out the night 2-1 losers.
Icardi scored the goal to put Inter in front, but a Virgil van Dijk equaliser and a Yuto Nagatomo own-goal doomed the visitors in a disastrous second half.
“We played well in the first half and took the lead, but I don’t know why every time we concede a goal our whole world seems to come crumbling down around us,” Icardi told Sky Italia.
“It keeps happening, a goal out of nowhere and we just lose it. We conceded the second goal in a strange way.
“If we knew what was causing it we would change immediately because all we want is to do well.
“It is going to be hard for us to qualify from the group now but as long as it is still possible we have to go for it. There is not much to say. It is an unlucky moment and everything is going wrong.
“We must do whatever it takes to turn things around.”
Inter were coping in the absence of former manager Frank de Boer, who the club sacked on Tuesday, with interim coach Stefano Vecchi taking his place.
“I think in football the coach always pays the price because it’s impossible to fire 25 players,” Icardi said of the Dutchman’s departure. “I always said that when the coach leaves, it’s because the players did not give their best.
“Now we are working with Vecchi and then we will see what the club decides.”
Vecchi said of his first match in charge: “We played excellently in the first half, but in the second you started to see some of our limitations coming out, particularly physically.
“We dropped deeper, and when you do that it can be lethal and that proved to be the case.
“In the first half we did well when we came under pressure but were caught out in the second half, with lucky ricochets, the ball coming off the crossbar. I can’t fault them whatsoever in terms of their desire.”