Gian Piero Gasperini has concerns about Novara's artificial pitch tomorrow and hit back at “nasty” critics of his troubled Inter.
The Nerazzurri finally ended their three-game losing streak in all competition with a disappointing 0-0 home draw against Roma, so the pressure is on to get a better result against the Serie A newcomers.
However, there is an added concern, as the Stadio Piola is one of two in Italy's top flight with an artificial pitch.
“I don't like it, as I always prefer natural grass, but we've got to get used to it,” shrugged Gasperini in his Press conference.
“We don't have time for specific training or tests on that surface. Every game is a Final for us and our objective is to win. Of course there are hidden dangers, as Novara will be enthusiastic at their home debut, have quality players and are organised.”
The Nerazzurri have been bitterly criticised in the media and jeered by fans after a series of poor results, but Gasperini insists his men have done well.
“I know that the result is what counts, but we did not deserve to reap so little from what we sowed in these games. There were refereeing errors that weighed heavily on us and could've changed the result, not to mention the judgment of this team.
“We're not thinking of anything unseemly and of course are aware of the defects we need to improve to build a solid base. The truth is that Inter always attract extra criticism with a nastier edge.
“They say Roma played well against us, but if we had so many scoring opportunities, then clearly we can't have been that bad. The fans helped us throughout the game and I think the jeers were only down to the final result. It's up to us to bring back enthusiasm with good performances and wins.”
The Coach hinted at some big changes in the squad that will face Novara on Tuesday evening.
“It could be Giampaolo Pazzini's game. In today's training session we'll see if Wesley Sneijder, Dejan Stankovic and Cristian Chivu have recovered. There won't be long before we see Douglas Maicon back, too.
“We have a competitive and large squad that has cover in every area. We have to deal with a few midfield injuries and, seeing as the games are close together, we're struggling a little. We changed a lot over the summer and the job of a Coach is to adapt to situations.
“The problem is we haven't had much opportunity to play together in August, so are forced to get to know each other during Serie A games.”