Claudio Ranieri called Wesley Sneijder “Inter's Francesco Totti,” but his men fell to a surprise defeat to Lugano today.
The Nerazzurri had a run-out against the Swiss club this afternoon and were beaten 2-0 on Andrea Poli's debut.
“It was still a good training session and allowed us to test out the condition of some players returning from injury,” insisted the Coach.
Sneijder did not take part and Ranieri hopes to have the Dutch international back for the next Serie A match against Catania.
“I have no doubt that Sneijder is Inter's Totti, as when he is on the field, something magical always happens,” the tactician told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
Sneijder had been largely shelved by previous Coach Gian Piero Gasperini or played out of position, as he did not fit into the 3-4-3 tactics.
“This team has no limits, as we can still win the Scudetto.”
It is a bold claim so soon after the 3-0 home defeat to Napoli, although that was undoubtedly affected by refereeing errors and Joel Obi's dismissal.
Inter 0-2 Lugano
Scorer: Bebeto 65, 70 (L)
Inter: Castellazzi (Tornaghi 60); Maicon (Zanetti 46), Lucio (Giannetti 38), Samuel (Galimberti 46), Cordoba; Jonathan, Poli (Mella 60), Cambiasso (Benassi 75), Coutinho; Milito (Castaignos 46), Zarate
Lugano: Russo (Badalli 84); Thrier (Maffi 76), Sarhi, Bega (Dankwah 65), Iapichino (Preisig 76); Baldo, Basic; Chatton (Bottani 56), Bonanni, Da Silva (Colina 46); Pimenta (Bebeto 46)