GENTILE – “I’ll never be able to thank president Moratti
enough for the faith he showed me at the start and now too. We spoke
at great length on Sunday evening and he really knows how to motivate you. I think he gives us all – myself and the
players – an extra gear. It was nice to hear Carrizo say that everyone seems fired up here. And you heard what Cassano said on Monday – he’s certainly not one to mince his words. That sums up how we all feel, and I mean every one of us: we’re determined to prove we’re not
the team you saw against Siena, we’re not dead and buried.” That’s how Andrea Stramaccioni spoke about the mood in the camp following last Sunday’s defeat to Siena, as
the Nerazzurri head into tomorrow’s Serie A contest with Chievo at
the Stadio Meazza.
On the subject of Massimo Moratti, the Nerazzurri coach was then asked if he agreed with the president that seeing AC Milan draw level
on points might provide an extra incentive: “I’m sure the president
meant that when we’ve found ourselves in tight spots this season
we’ve all dug a bit deeper. We have a derby to play
against the Rossoneri in a few weeks’ time but it makes little difference whether our rival’s name is AC
Milan, Lazio or Fiorentina, Balotelli?
Milan have signed an important player and chosen to make a big investment.
They’ve added a very good striker to their ranks but I don’t have any particular
comment to make.”
Back on the subject of last weekend’s game at Siena, Stramaccioni was asked specifically about
Schelotto’s performance. The coach explained that “everyone did
badly there. Even though they won the game on their left wing, our
right, the defeat to Siena was down to all of us, not Schelotto.
Let’s leave the new players out of the Siena defeat.”