Gian Piero Gasperini admits Wesley Sneijder could be dropped against Palermo. “I see him as a forward. If he doesn't play, Inter won't collapse.”
Much has been said over the summer about Sneijder's tactical allocation in the 4-3-3 system, whether as a deeper-lying midfielder or part of the trident up front.
“I see Sneijder as a forward,” confirmed Gasperini in today's Press conference. “He is one of the most important players in the world right now and I hope he can have an exceptional campaign.
“We do have a large squad and I consider Sneijder to be a forward, although obviously he can be used in different roles when needed. We have numerous options and this is why I have great faith in this team.”
It is reported the Dutchman will be dropped for Sunday night's trip to Palermo, as he'll then take cup-tied Diego Forlan's place in the Champions League.
“I made a bet with Wesley. Last season he scored four goals in 25 games, while I am convinced he'll have more. The position isn't a problem, as we have a basic structure and can place many variations upon it. This controversy is stirred up by the media, as it's not as if Inter will collapse if Sneijder doesn't play.”
The experiment of fielding the Manchester United target in midfield appears to have been abandoned, as on transfer deadline day Inter signed Forlan and Mauro Zarate.
“Forlan has surprised us beyond all expectations,” continued Gasperini. “It was a shock not having him in Europe, but we would've signed him even if we'd known he was cup-tied.
“As for the three-man defence, it is what always gave me good results. I'd like for us to be allowed to play before we are criticised and ostracised for our tactics.
“President Massimo Moratti has always supported my decisions and there is absolutely no problem. I noticed at Inter that there is always controversy stirred up around everything. We need to play and get the chance to prove ourselves.”
Inter squad: Julio Cesar, Orlandoni, Tornaghi; Zanetti, Lucio, Ranocchia, Samuel, Faraoni, Jonathan, Bianchetti, Nagatomo; Stankovic, Sneijder, Alvarez, Cambiasso, Obi, Coutinho; Pazzini, Forlan, Milito, Zarate, Castaignos
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