Saturday April 28 2012
Strama: 'Moratti gives me strength'

Andrea Stramaccioni looks to Giampaolo Pazzini against Cesena and admits Inter President Massimo Moratti’s praise “gives me strength.”

The tactician was promoted from the Primavera youth team and remains unbeaten, prompting Moratti to say this week he could well keep the job next season.

“Moratti’s words give me strength and fire me up even more than I already am,” said Stramaccioni in his press conference.

“We are all united and the win over Udinese proves that. We want to finish the campaign on a high, to an Inter standard, even without making promises or setting targets. Naturally we’re keeping an eye on the other results, but I focus mainly on Inter doing well.”

They are right back in the hunt for a Champions League spot, closing the gap to just three points from third-placed Lazio. On Sunday they welcome already-relegated Cesena to San Siro.

“Cesena are in a bad moment right now because of their relegation, but if we analyse their recent performances then they only lost to Juventus by a late goal. We have earned ourselves a place in an important match and now need a great performance.”

Stramaccioni surprisingly pointed to a change of line-up for tomorrow’s game.

“Pazzini is in great shape and is one of us. In fact, he trained fantastically well and tomorrow will be his game. His characteristics are different to Diego Milito and the only thing that changes is the interpretation in the final third.

“I am pleased to hear the players have faith in me, especially as they have worked with great Coaches. The first day of training I was afraid that I wasn’t up to the task, but now I thank everyone who put this confidence in me.

“The dream was being picked in the first place. Now I truly feel that I am the Inter Coach. My future is Inter-Cesena. There are so many things to be decided in the summer, such as players whose contracts are up, offers coming in, and my situation is among those choices.”

Walter Samuel, Javier Zanetti and Cristian Chivu are injured, while Dejan Stankovic sits out a ban.

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