Stramaccioni: "It takes time to peak"

APPIANO GENTILE
Andrea Stramaccioni
has never been one for excuses and today was no different. Ahead of Inter’s Serie A clash with Torino tomorrow, the Nerazzurri coach reflected on the recent double-header against Roma in the capital, which unfortunately saw the Giallorossi establish a first-leg lead in the Coppa Italia semi-final.

“We played two very open
games against Roma,” Stramaccioni began. “We did miss some of our attacking players and we
were a bit short up front, but I also want to stress that those who
did play performed well. I’ve never blamed the result on our absent players though, I
don’t like to look for excuses. That said, every team has
players who are more or less important and we’ve often found
ourselves having to make do without some of ours so that’s logically going to make
it a bit harder for us. We’ll keep working as we are, on
this project that we began last summer and which is now in
full flow. It’s only fair to give my players a bit of time so that
they can reach their full potential.”

On the subject of
absentees, Stramaccioni was asked about Diego Milito, who is again
missing from the matchday squad: “Having Diego out is a massive loss to
us. We all know how important he is to me, but I’m confident that he’s not
far off making his return. In any case, Inter won’t be going back
onto the market for another striker.”

Antonio Cassano is in
the squad to face Torino, however: “He’s completed the last two
training sessions and I’ll take my time between now and kick-off to
decide whether to field him from the start or bring him off the
bench.”

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