SPLIT– Andrea Stramaccioni was interviewed on the touchline by La7 after Inter got their 2012/13 season under way with a 3-0 win over Hajduk Split: "First-match nerves? No, we weren’t nervous, just very focused. We prepared for this game in minute detail. Look at the fans here and that’s after losing 3-0; imagine what it would have been like if we’d lost 3-0. Hajduk might have been fitter
than us but I think Inter played the perfect game tonight."
The team set out to play good football and managed it with new players on the field. "I pass the compliments I receive on to the lads," the Nerazzurri
coach continued. "We’re keeping our heads down. It’s a good
result but what I liked was the fact that we never stopped trying to play
football and we gave very little away. It’s a shame about Silvestre’s mistake at the end, otherwise Handanovic wouldn’t even have touched the ball. It’s only the first game though. We’re happy but we’ll move on and keep our feet on the ground."
The players running over to the coach to celebrate their goals is a sign of the togetherness of this Inter team: "We’re working well together and we’re a close-knit group, both on and off the pitch. We also had a surprise visit from the president today. It shows that Inter are united, compact and determined to let their football do the talking."
Could getting qualification in the bag so early change the way the team
prepare for the long haul? "Our plans were very clear. It would
have been a mistake to try and be ready for 2 August. We’re working towards the Serie A kick-off. Now let’s enjoy this win and let me also say how great these fans are: enthusiasm like this is great for the sport."