APPIANO GENTILE – During a press conference on the eve of Lazio v Inter, Andrea Stramaccioni also responded to questions on individual players, some of whom are available for tomorrow’s game and
others who are not.
“Chivu is working very hard. If he
looks good to me on Sunday and Monday I could call him up for the Coppa Italia. But
generally speaking, he must return only when he’s fit. Stankovic is making great strides and I’m hoping
to have him back after the break, but he has to return only when
the doctor and he himself feel
sure. This is an unlucky period for Alvarez;
yesterday at the end of training he had another small problem. Obi will return in the new year, just like Mudingayi. Guarin? I hope he’ll be able to contribute to the team once again.
Nagatomo has improved a lot since the beginning of the season and gives 100% in every training session. I believe he’s improved in the defensive phase
without the ball, in individual
tactics and in using his left foot.
He just needs to stay humble like he always is. I
believe Yuto, like Zanetti,
Pereira and Jonathan, all have the characteristics to be important players on the flanks in tomorrow’s
game. Of course we’ll try to give them help in midfield so they don’t suffer,
but Lazio will have to worry about them. Is it true that Sneijder asked to start his Christmas holiday early?
No, it’s not true.”