Statements after the draw agains’t Cagliari

Coach Andrea Stramaccioni:

TRIESTE – “It leaves a bitter taste,” Andrea Stramaccioni admitted straight away, as he gave his post-match thoughts to Sky Italia. “Bitter because we kept trying to win the game right up to the last minute, with Ranocchia unable to turn in that chance that was almost a goal-line clearance. A shame. Inter are alive though, and they showed that against an excellent Cagliari side – a solid, healthy team that caused us problems particularly in the second half. We must give them credit for that but Inter showed they are alive and well.”

The Nerazzurri coach continued: “There were spells when we did well but we weren’t able to keep playing with the same intensity throughout both halves, given that we were up against opposition in good shape. But Inter showed character to get level. I thought we looked good although I know that it’s only the result that counts.”

Stramaccioni was asked to comment on Guarin’s performance: “Positive, I thought it was positive. For you he was under a sort of magnifying glass, maybe you were expecting something special from him, but his contribution was good. Then of course he’s not fully fit yet so I decided to take him off.”

From midfield to attack, and an assessment of how Zarate and Forlan performed in the three-pronged attack with Milito: “It’s clear that our attacking players need the support of the rest of the team. They did well when the team was playing well and coming up with ideas; perhaps they were a little more absent when we found it harder, but it’s better to talk about the whole team than individuals. Still, Zarate on the left and Forlan on the right is something we’ve practised. They are both comfortable in those positions – in fact our goals came from those two.”

Does today’s result erase any last hope of clinching third place? “I think looking at the results it’s all very even and there are lots of unpredictable matches. We’ll take each game as it comes; there’s no point drawing any conclusions with seven games to go.”

Stramaccioni continued his analysis with Mediaset: “All things considered you have to say it’s a shame because we ended the game on the attack and because Agazzi kept them in it with that save from Zarate. It’s a real shame because with an extra man we did everything we could to win it. In terms of the football, and also psychologically, Inter are alive and they don’t accept losing.”

The Nerazzurri coach assessed the contribution of Esteban Cambiasso, who scored the second goal, and Fredy Guarin, who started his first match this afternoon: “Cambiasso has had two top performances, he’s in good shape and he’s helping Inter. Guarin found it a little hard to keep tabs on Cossu initially; he’s not fully fit yet, but we’ll wait for him.”

Stramaccioni also gave his view of Inter’s defensive play: “Strangely we struggled more from set pieces against Genoa than we did today – Astori’s goal was really something special – but we do need to work on defending set pieces, as we already are.”

“Agazzi and a bit of bad luck denied us victory,” the coach then said to Rai. “We responded superbly both times we conceded, showing desire and quality to create the openings through our wide forwards, first Zarate and then Forlan. Defensive mistakes? I think it’s always a team thing. For the first goal Astori pulled out a trump card while for the second we could have done better. But we have to give Cagliari credit for putting together and then finishing off a lovely move.”


Captain Javier Zanetti:

TRIESTE – Javier Zanetti showed his disappointment after a game you felt Inter could have come away from with more than just a point after creating, fighting, coming back, but not winning. That was the captain’s view as he gave his thoughts to Inter Channel after the match: “Looking at the results at other grounds and considering what we did ourselves, maybe we deserved a bit more. We created a lot but we accept the draw, even though it harms our chances. We’re already looking ahead to the next game.”

Cagliari v Inter marked the debut of Fredy Guarin: “I thought he did well out there,” said Zanetti. “His work rate was excellent. Or course he’s not quite up to scratch yet because he was sidelined for a long time but I think he’ll only get back to his best by playing. I think he has an important role to play in the future of Inter.”

Thoughts now turn to the Nerazzurri’s next opponents, Siena, who visit the Meazza on Wednesday: “We’ve got another big game ahead of us against a tricky side, who won again today against Atalanta. We don’t have long to prepare for it but we’ll work as best we can.”

Zanetti was then asked to comment on the treble dream of cousins AC Milan after their two defeats in a week (Barcelona on Tuesday and Fiorentina today): “I honestly didn’t expect it but I think it was hard for them to come to terms with getting knocked out of the Champions League. They are still a great team and I think they will do battle with Juventus right down to the wire.”

The Rossoneri weren’t the only ones ruing three dropped points today, as Roma were beaten by Lecce: “Lecce is a hard place to go to and they’re fighting for survival. There are no guaranteed results at this stage.”


Esteban Cambiasso:

TRIESTE – Esteban Cambiasso was asked by Sky Italia what the 2-2 draw between Cagliari and Inter means: “It means that we have a point, whereas we wanted all three, but this is a tough league. We tried everything but we couldn’t get another goal. We managed to get ourselves level again after falling behind but not the win. The fact remains that this team tries to play football and maintain an attacking mentality. I’m playing an important and decisive role again? For you lot that seems to change from week to week…”


Fredy Guarin:

TRIESTE – Fredy Guarin spoke to Inter Channel after making his full debut against Cagliari: “I’m fairly happy with how I’m doing on an individual level. I’m improving little by little and still trying to find my rhythm but I feel good. I’m disappointed we didn’t win today: we really wanted a victory and we had the chance to get one – a pity. We’ll try to look ahead now and go out and win the next one against Siena on Wednesday.”

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