Inter director Marco Branca confirmed Douglas Maicon and Thiago Motta were dropped. “The Coach has the right to make his decisions.”
The two stars did not even make the trip to Parma for tonight's Serie A game despite suffering no injury problems.
“Leaving out Motta and Maicon is simply a technical decision. Wesley Sneijder is in the squad and is on the bench again due to a technical decision,” director Branca told Sky Sport Italia.
“The Coach has the right to make the decisions that he believes are right.”
It was reported the pair had not put in enough effort during training after the midweek Champions League exit to Schalke 04.
“We do not risk any psychological setback from that elimination. It's true we're not in a particularly strong period of form, but we know how to face this game.
“I absolutely do not regret our summer transfer strategy, as we could not predict injuries would keep Walter Samuel and Diego Milito out for such a long time. We did what we had to and all that we could at that time.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition  - £11,000 to be won monthly!