Stramaccioni: "We’ll keep battling"

It’s hard not to feel disappointed after this draw against
Fiorentina. You could see it on the face of Andrea Stramaccioni
as he gave his post-match interviews and he admitted as much during his analysis of the game: “Well done to Fiorentina
but it’s regrettable for us. The result can be credited to our
opponents for the most part: they did very well when chasing the ball and it
was a small step backwards for us in terms of our own possession game.
It wasn’t easy to play against this team. We had a game
plan to cause them problems but we were only able to put it into practice for
short spells. What we had prepared wasn’t totally reproduced on the
pitch, but I’d play this match the same way again. When Fiorentina
started playing with five at the back – because they
played with a five-man defensive line – I tried to put out all the players we had who
could trouble them, and we tried to make things happen on the wings.
At times we did that, at others we didn’t. We did well two
against one when we arrived at pace. When we succeeded in moving the
ball around we looked dangerous; when we didn’t, things were more sluggish.”

then spoke about the specific tasks he gave to his players: “I asked Poli and
Cambiasso to pull the strings from deep – which is what Stankovic did in the other games.
Sneijder gave us more dribbling potential. Forlan? If I picked him it’s because
I felt it was the right choice, and I’d do it again. But these are the
first games that Inter are playing this way, it takes time… Still, what
pleased me was that Inter came here with a clear imprint – the
imprint of a team that plays to win and is set up to

So what
does today’s point mean in terms of the league table? The coach explained: “We’re taking
it one game at a time. Inter aren’t easing up and we won’t until the
end: we’ll keep battling until we’re out of it mathematically. I’m
not promising the fans anything – they deserve to see action and not
words – but Inter believe in third place and we’ll keep believing
until the last breath. And I’m saying that even after a draw which we
hoped would be a win. I realise it’s two points dropped in the race
for third but, as I said, as long as it’s mathematically possible I’ll
keep believing. Now we have a crunch game against Udinese, a
direct rival, on a day when there will be other teams around us
playing each other. We’ll do everything we can to stay in
the running right up to the last game of the season. I bear witness
to the belief in our dressing room and that belief will be there until
the end.”

The Nerazzurri coach was also asked to
comment on Pazzini’s non-appearance after Chivu’s injury meant the final substitution was a defensive one: “Was
Pazzini annoyed? I was annoyed too because I wanted him to help us out in
attack for the last part of the game. But Chivu got injured in a
challange and unfortunately two of my three substitutions were forced
on me. We’ll assess Chivu and Zanetti tomorrow. I spoke with doctor
Combi about Pupi during the interval and we decided not to risk him. Chivu’s looks more serious”


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