Thursday April 26 2012
Moratti’s hint for Stramaccioni

Massimo Moratti has suggested that Andrea Stramaccioni’s hopes of staying on at Inter next season hinge on qualifying for the Champions League.

The Nerazzurri are now an outside bet to secure the final qualification post in the table, after an unbeaten start under their young former Primavera tactician.

A win away to Udinese in the midweek round of fixtures saw the team move to within three points of Lazio, who currently hold third, and it is something that Moratti has now suggested is a target that could guarantee Stramaccioni’s place on the bench next year, if he reaches it.

“That's one way to look at it - it's always good to set objectives because it's a motivation to constantly do better,” he hinted to journalists in Milan today.

“The maths for reaching third also depend on the results, so we'll see. Yesterday's test [at Udinese] was a good one, certainly very good on the part of the Coach above all, and on the part of the players who expressed themselves exactly how the Coach wanted.

“Then with their qualities they knew how to give something more.”