Mancini: Higuain made the difference

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Inter head coach Roberto Mancini was pleased with his side's performance despite falling to a 2-1 defeat to Napoli on Monday night.

The Nerazzurri went behind as early as the second minute thanks to Gonzalo Higuain's first of two goals in the match and were handed a further setback when Yuto Nagatomo was given his marching orders shortly before half time for a second bookable offence.

Higuain added his second in the 62nd minute and, while Adem Ljajic did pull one back for Inter in the 67th minute, Napoli never looked like losing the game.

The result saw Internazionale surrender top spot in Seria A to their opponents, but Mancini was proud of the effort his team put in and is still confident the club can challenge for the title.

"The guys worked hard, the tradition of the club requires that we try for the Scudetto," he told Corriere dello Sport. "We don't have European cups to play for and it's nice to dream.

"The unhappiness about the result straight after the match was strong, but then you digest and try to only think about the positive things.

"Napoli were very good and Higuain made the difference with an extraordinary goal after a minute. Higuain in Italy is like Messi to the rest of the world. He's giving something to Napoli that the other teams don't have.

"I think it was one of our best performances of the season and there were several positives."