Andrea Stramaccioni’s future on the Inter bench could well be decided by Sunday’s Milan derby. “I want to stay and am giving all of myself.”
The Coach was promoted from the Primavera youth team as their third tactician of the campaign after Gian Piero Gasperini and Claudio Ranieri, but fell to his first defeat at Parma midweek.
“We want to play well and win this game, especially as it comes at a moment in which we are fired up to the max,” said Stramaccioni.
“The city lives the derby atmosphere, also considering the importance of what is at stake. Is it decisive for my future? That is not a question for me. I think my work will be judged overall and this game will help people form a judgement on me. You’ll see what we want to prove tomorrow.
“Preparing for the derby means understanding what condition the players are in, both psychologically and physically. I will choose 11 players to start who are at 101 per cent. Everyone wants to play the derby and it is my job to pick the 11 in the best shape.
“I hear it said that the pressure is on Milan to win for the Scudetto, but we too need to and want to get the victory on Sunday night. It is both to reach our objectives and because it’s simply a derby, so until the last second of injury time both sides will give their all to win it.
“I know we are facing a team that is in front of us in the table and we want to prove there aren’t 22 points separating these squads. I hope Milan have all their stars at their disposal and it’ll be a derby at the highest level.”
It was reported the Nerazzurri would axe Stramaccioni if he failed to secure a Champions League qualifying berth, but they are now trailing Udinese, Napoli and Lazio in the race for third.
“There will be time to discuss the Europa League, but we are playing two crucial games first and want to get six points, then we’ll see where Inter are.
“How much do I want to stay from 0-10? 11. I am giving all of myself for this experience and the real dream was being picked. I feel that I am the Inter Coach and I want to stay here.”
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