MILAN – "We prepared for this game with the aim of
stopping Napoli from doing what they are good at, not
letting Cavani unleash his quality and limiting Hamsik’s space. We
succeeded by going about our jobs very carefully." That was Andrea
Stramaccioni’s first comment after watching his side beat Napoli.
The coach continued: "It was a big win, just as we
turned in big performances in the other matches against our direct
rivals and showed that we can give anyone a game. I want to
congratulate my players. Mazzarri has honed his team year on year,
whereas Inter have just started building theirs now. We’re in the first year
of our project but I’m delighted with how we’re doing. We’ve got a very close-knit
group, we prepare for matches carefully, the lads have
really applied themselves. I have a lot of respect for these players.
"Transfers? We’re obviously thinking about the type of player that
might help improve us in the future, but not necessarily in
"Guarin’s goal? The players did fantastically, timing and
execution were spot on. It was a move involving ten players and they
all carried it out superbly."
Stramaccioni then explained that he had asked Guarin "to play
almost in the hole, behind the two strikers. Then when Napoli
changed, I asked him to make a sacrifice and track back on Zuniga. He played a great game,
Inter as a whole played a great game."
What about Cambiasso starting in defence instead of Silvestre? "Cambiasso can play in both roles, in midfield and in defence. because he’s an intelligent footballer. Silvestre is more a man-marker and I needed someone who
could do more of a sweeper’s job tonight. That’s why I went with
On the decision not to go with three up top: "Napoli are very
strong in the middle of the park. It would have put the team’s
balance too much at risk if we’d played with three in attack. It wasn’t the right sort of game for it."
Finally, in response to a specific question about Behrami, Stramaccioni replied: "Yes, he should have been given a second booking. I’m not saying that to stir up controversy, I’m just answering your question."