Tuesday May 1 2012
Inter boss makes no promises

Inter tactician Andrea Stramaccioni has admitted that his side are not favourites in the race to finish third.

The Nerazzurri are currently level on points with Napoli, Udinese and Lazio for the last Champions League spot with three games of the season remaining.

“We haven’t promised that we will finish third,” he stated on Tuesday.

“We have the most difficult set of fixtures, but we will give our all. We are all united towards that objective.”

Inter face Parma on Wednesday before ties against Milan and then Lazio.

“Parma are, after Juventus, the most in-form side in the Division. It will be a tough away game, with a packed stadium. We’ll be counting on our fans to fill up the away end.”

Stramaccioni replaced Claudio Ranieri following the 2-0 defeat at Juventus. Since then, Inter have collected four wins and two draws.

“The results have improved the environment,” he added. “The side has grown.

“I don’t know if I have satisfied the requests of the President. You will have to ask him. All that I know is that I have given all that I have.”

Stramaccioni was a virtual unknown before he was promoted from his Primavera Coach post. He’s since been getting rave reviews – increasing his chances of confirmation in the summer.

“I’m proud to be Serie A’s youngest Coach, but what counts is the way you work,” added the 36-year-old. “My only thought is to give everything at my disposal to the team.

“What matters to me is that Inter have grown a lot. The games against Udinese and Cesena were our best performances. We always try to dictate a game.

“I’d be a liar if I said that the compliments didn’t please me, especially if they come from people who have been in the game for a long time. But I don’t know if I have taken any forward steps.”