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Saturday September 24 2011
Ranieri: 'Inter started on right foot'

Claudio Ranieri notes it was “important to start on the right foot” by winning his Inter debut at the Dall'Ara.

The Coach only took charge on Thursday after Gian Piero Gasperini's dismissal, but secured their first victory of the season in all competition.

“It was important to start on the right foot, as the lads have to get back on track,” said Ranieri after the 3-1 result over Bologna.

“I had asked for the performance, which was more important than the result. It was crucial that we fight for 90 minutes and this was a good game.

“The first half was positive, we allowed Marco Di Vaio only one scoring opportunity. We were very practical and also entertaining in some moments. Coutinho gave us the lightness of touch that we needed and the rest of the squad was compact.

“After the break Bologna pushed hard and I made the changes I thought were apt.”

Both Giampaolo Pazzini and Diego Milito were on target, though the Argentine came off the bench.

“Could they play together from the start? I don't know, but I did say they can co-exist. They are two hitmen with different characteristics. Diego Forlan is a support striker and he did this splendid work for the team.”

How did Ranieri manage to turn the situation around in just two days?

“I am convinced these lads needed this confidence and we have to get back all the injured players. We must continue to grow and work, as we've done nothing yet.”

Wesley Sneijder was out due to a thigh injury and the Coach revealed the problem is dragging on.

“Sneijder can play anywhere, but in my view should be close to the goal. My fear is losing him for longer than expected, as the injury seems worse than it did yesterday and he won't come with us to Moscow.”

Inter play CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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