APPIANO GENTILE – "I’m really
sorry about Coutinho’s injury because he’s a wonderful lad. He was sad because he was playing very well and he’s proving his worth to Inter, in the
present and for the future." Andrea Stramaccioni hailed
the progress of the Brazilian youngster during his press
conference ahead of Bologna v Inter.
He added: "His injury comes on top of
Sneijder’s so we’re obviously deprived of two top-quality players,
but if a team like Inter depends on two players – no matter how
good they are – then something isn’t right."
From Coutinho the topic moved on to Alvarez. Stramaccioni explained: "He’s in good shape. Getting yourself into a one-on-one position with the
goalkeeper twice is a good sign. If he’d scored the first, he would
have brought the house down. I’d always want someone like that in my
squad. He’s an important player and he’ll prove it on the pitch."
What about Fredy Guarin’s form? "I think he’s playing well. Perhaps not as well as he was at the start but you have to remember that a
midfielder’s game changes a lot with three in front of him and three behind. He can be
devastating when he plays as the third midfielder behind a target man, but obviously if the coach asks him to do a different job you might notice him less."
Is Inter’s squad better equipped for the sort of rotation required to compete
on two fronts than other Italian teams? "I don’t
think it’s a question of how many players you change. Right from the
start the president and I agreed that Inter need to play in Europe and
they need to play like the real Inter. Playing on a Thursday
doesn’t make it very easy of course, so sometimes you have to make sure you
respect the fixture but also think about the league. But we’ve never
fielded a second team, just a good mix. In modern football players know that if they do well in training they give the coach
a selection problem."