Sunday May 13 2012
Zanetti: 'Inter dream with Strama'

Javier Zanetti holds on to hope Inter can beat Lazio and get into the Champions League, as Andrea Stramaccioni has revitalised the squad.

“Unfortunately it does not only depend on us anymore, but I believe we can make the first step and then wait to hear what happens,” said the captain.

The Nerazzurri must beat Lazio at the Olimpico, hope Udinese lose at Catania and that Napoli fail to beat Siena.

“Still, being in this position seemed impossible a month ago. We know it’s difficult, but we are accustomed to the idea anything can happen in football. If we don’t finish in the top three, then I think Udinese deserve that spot, because they have been the most consistent.”

Inter beat Milan 4-2 in the derby, a result that helped the club confirm Stramaccioni on the bench for next season.

“Now our confidence has returned. We like Stramaccioni, are well set out on the pitch and you can tell in training he has clear ideas. The only thing we want is to do well for this club and make it a winning side again,” he told Inter Channel.

“We all can’t wait for next season, as in our minds is the hunger to turn things round and fight for the places we have become used to holding in recent years.”

Stramaccioni is their third Coach of the campaign after Gian Piero Gasperini and Claudio Ranieri were both fired.

“We all wanted things to work, but unfortunately could not be consistent. Gasperini’s ideas that he wanted for this team in the opening games were not up to the task of what we were all expecting. We lost many matches and that is why the decision was made to change.

“Ranieri arrived, a Coach with a lot of experience and we were able to put together a run of positive results. Once again, at a certain point we fell and couldn’t get back up again.

“Stramaccioni arrived and is still very young – three years younger than me! – but with clear ideas that are allowing us to at least hope in the final 90 minutes to reach the Champions League.”

Inter have been stuttering ever since Jose Mourinho left with the Treble under his belt and at the time Rafa Benitez said it was because the squad was ‘sated’ by success.

“That irritated me, because I could see that wasn’t the case. I trained very day and above all saw the teammates I’d known for years and how hard they worked,” replied Zanetti.

“Don’t forget we won the Super Cup and the Club World Cup with Benitez, so if the squad was sated then we wouldn’t have managed that. Before passing judgement one has to know the causes of a problem and understand why things happen.”

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