APPIANO GENTILE – Andrea Stramccioni was asked about Antonio Cassano and Andrea Ranocchia during his press conference before Inter v Sampdoria: "Antonio didn’t feel great at the end of the match because of his
neck pain, but that sort of problem tends to come and go suddenly.
He’s trained the last two days and he’s fine, he should be fine. As
for Ranocchia, you want to know if I’ll field him tomorrow
considering that he’s one booking away from suspension? He is close
to a suspension, that’s true, as is Guarin. It’s a choice I have to
make, a risk that I might or might not take, but I’m only thinking
about Sampdoria at the moment, without making too many calculations,
because if we don’t win the games in the run-up to Saturday’s head-to-head
clash then it won’t be a head-to-head anymore. In any case,
Ranocchia is doing superbly, both in terms of morale and
his performances. He’s one of the best defenders in the league at the
moment. It’s entirely my decision whether or not to field him,
whether or not to take that risk. I’ll sleep on it tonight."
Stramaccioni then said of Guarin: "He’s a player we’re counting
on a lot. I don’t have an awful lot of experience but I have enough
to know that you can’t always be on top form, though in any case he’s
never played badly. I have full confidence in him."
The Nerazzurri coach was then quizzed about Ricky Alvarez: "He
has a lot of potential but he’s also been rather unlucky. I think
one thing I’m good at is showing faith in players if they deserve
it beforehand, not just after they’ve scored three goals. After three
goals they’re confident enough by themselves anyway. Ricky just needs to come up
with a bit of magic or a goal to boost his confidence even
further. He just needs to get beyond that stage, he might only need a
single moment to get going and become a crowd favourite."
What’s Esteban Cambiasso’s secret? "He’s playing well. He’s
happy, I’m happy. He’s playing well like many others. It’s important
to play well but it’s even more important that you keep playing well. And I
think the team is doing that on the pitch."
The coach also commented on Rodrigo Palacio, Joel Obi, Juan Jesus
and Wesley Sneijder: "Palacio is doing great but so are
all our strikers. Obi’s old injury flared up a little, nothing
serious, but he’s a Swarovski… [he smiles] so we’ve wrapped him up
for a bit. He’s too important a prospect for us. Will Juan Jesus’s
suspension be a problem? He’s doing brilliantly, no doubt about that,
but no team depends on one or two players. When will Sneijder return?
I hope he can start working towards a return after the Juventus game,
we’ll see when the doctor feels is the right time to bring him back."