Stramaccioni: "Three minutes don’t change Inter"

PARMA
– Andrea Stramaccioni was never going to be happy after tonight’s result. The last thing he wanted – or expected – just as things were getting interesting was to lose this
game. Looking back on the match, he told Sky Sport Italia, "I’d rather talk about a three-minute blackout for Inter as a
whole than individual errors. Those three minutes cost
us dear but they take nothing away from all
the good things we’re doing. Even when we were trailing we managed to
carve out three chances. We’re very angry with ourselves because we did well in the
first half, but as I said I don’t want to talk about individual
mistakes – if anything we can talk about team mistakes. We shot
ourselves in the foot when we were on top, but you have to give credit to
Parma too."

Has this defeat
put a definitive end to Inter’s Champions League dream? "I don’t think you can draw any conclusions just yet given the sort of season this is. We’ve
dropped three important points but we can’t wait to get back to
winning ways and we want to do that immediately, starting on Sunday: it’s a massive match for us. All we can do now is try and win them
all, then we’ll see where we end up."

How do you go into a match like the derby after a
defeat? "Unfortunately you have to prepare for it by drawing strength from your desire to bounce back. And I could see that desire in the eyes of my
players after the match. But, I repeat, I don’t think
three minutes ruin what was a good performance overall. That’s
just football for you…"

The defence struggled tonight and perhaps that had a
bearing on Inter’s defeat. "I’d like to leave aside our two mistakes and look at the game as a whole," the Nerazzurri coach
explained. "Because up until then we had no problems containing
them. It was two mistakes and now we have to pay for them, but at 2-1
we had four decent chances and just as we looked like we could get back
in it Parma went and scored another."

Parma
was the only thing on the coach’s mind before this game and the upcoming
derby bore no influence his team selection today: "We couldn’t and
we can’t afford to make calculations like that. We only did that with players who weren’t fully fit like Zanetti or Guarin,
not with those who were ok, not with only three games left. Pazzini? He was involved again today but once more the first two
substitutions – Nagatomo and Stankovic – were somewhat forced on
me. Giampaolo’s entrance coincided with our best period but after Parma got their third it was a different match."

Finally, Stramaccioni was asked to comment on what happened in the
Fiorentina dugout between Delio Rossi and Adem Ljajic: "I’m not going to pass judgement; it’s not my place to do so.
I like talking about football and about my players… we have enough on our own plate as it is. I’m sorry for Rossi because it’s out of character for him to do something like that."

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