Stramaccioni: "A tough run-in…"

APPIANO GENTILE
– What team will Andrea Stramaccioni put out against Parma? Today’s press conference took place before the team’s final training session so the coach couldn’t give any definitive answers. "Julio Cesar did everything possible to try and make the Cesena game but in the end we decided not to risk him because, as
I’ve already explained, we have to look after the players’ overall
health. Samuel is without doubt one of those who has looked best in
training recently but – for him and the others – we’ll weigh everything up carefully at the last minute; not because we have the
derby coming up on Sunday but because after the derby there’s another
game."

The
coach was reminded that before the trip to Udine he said Udinese were
a side with the characteristics to cause Inter problems. The same
could be said of Parma. Stramaccioni explained: "Inter went to Udine with the aim of taking a grip on the game and we did that, despite going behind
initially. There were a few moments when we struggled but only
at the start of the second half and towards the end, when we needed
to be strong defensively – and we were. Besides, we were winning 3-1, which
is not a position that many teams find themselves in at the Stadio
Friuli… Parma play in a similar way but with very different
players. Obviously they have players who can cause us problems – indeed any
team problems – and everyone knows what a handful Giovinco can be. But
we’re going to Parma to win, and we’ll go there with our quality, with our desire and
with our fans, who I’m sure will make themselves heard on this
occasion too."

The race for third place is hotting up and there are plenty of teams in the mix with three games to go: "Yes, looking at the fixture list, we do have the
toughest run-in because we have to play the sides that are currently
ninth, second and third in the table." As the Nerazzurri head
into their final Serie A fixtures against Parma, AC Milan and Lazio,
Stramaccioni repeated that, "We’ll maintain
the only promise we have made – that we will do everything possible
to try and get that third spot."

The final question was on two individual players, Diego Forlan
and Fredy Guarin: "I’ve said many times that Forlan is an
important player for Inter, and he’s an experienced player. He was on the
bench against Cesena because he looked good in training but
I had to leave out other players, without wanting to take anything
way from Diego, his ability and his professionalism. Guarin is a different
matter. We need more time to be able to assess him properly because he’s only just come back after a long spell on the sidelines. He’s made good great progress in the last two games, though. What I
like about Guarin is that he combines strength and skill, but
because he has such a powerful engine he takes longer to bed in."

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