Andrea Stramaccioni praised Fiorentina and has high hopes for them this season, but warned “they’ll find an Inter side determined to win.”
The Viola won plaudits for their performances so far this season, particularly the 0-0 in which they out-played Juventus on Tuesday night.
On the other hand, the Nerazzurri have only earned positive results away from home and could face another upset tomorrow evening. Click here for a match preview.
“We are playing against the form team in Serie A. Vincenzo Montella’s men play excellent football and can climb further up the table,” said Stramaccioni in his Press conference.
“Vincenzo deserves all the praise coming his way and I had no doubts he could do well on the Viola bench. He is a friend even more than a colleague. I respect Fiorentina, but they will face an Inter side determined to win.
“I think it is crucial to get a result while also improving our performances. A result without good football can only take you so far. Against Chievo we saw some clear improvements, especially in the second half when we really earned the victory.”
There were also problems in that midweek round, as Wesley Sneijder is ruled out for a month with a thigh strain.
“It’s a shame. It was a pretty determined tackle, but at the same time these things happen. We hope he can come back soon. Will he be fit for the Milan derby? It would be a miracle… Rodrigo Palacio will return to training on Monday, but I won’t risk him for the Europa League trip to Neftci.
“As for Antonio Cassano, I am accustomed to judging a season at the end, but he is doing very well.
“What are our objectives? I don’t think that’s wise to discuss after five games. Our aim is to grow with each match, staying close to the top spots.”
Inter squad for Fiorentina: 1 Handanovic, 12 Castellazzi, 27 Belec; 4 Zanetti, 6 Silvestre, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 40 Juan Jesus, 42 Jonathan, 44 Bianchetti, 55 Nagatomo; 11 Alvarez, 14 Guarin, 16 Mudingayi, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Obi, 21 Gargano, 31 Pereira, 41 Duncan; 7 Coutinho, 22 Milito, 88 Livaja, 99 Cassano