Thursday August 2 2012
Stramaccioni: 'Perfect Inter'

Andrea Stramaccioni praised Inter for playing “an almost perfect game” in their Europa League qualifier against Hajduk Split.

The Third Preliminary Round is practically in their pockets after the 3-0 away win, which saw the Hajduk supporters cheering and applauding long after the final whistle.

“We were concentrated and prepared this match in every detail,” the Coach told La7 television.

“It’s spectacular atmosphere even when they lost 3-0, so imagine what would’ve happened if we had gone behind. The Hajduk fans deserve praise, as they are showing the best side of football.”

Wesley Sneijder, Yuto Nagatomo and Philippe Coutinho got the goals in Croatia, while the second leg is on August 9.

“I think Inter played an almost perfect game today. We are working with our heads down and the thing I liked most is that Inter always tried to play the ball.

“It’s just a shame for that late Matias Silvestre error, as otherwise Samir Handanovic would’ve had nothing to do at all.

“We are working well, very united as professionals and men. The President gave us a surprise by coming here today, he made us very happy.

“Our plans were very clear – it would’ve been a mistake to try to be ready for August 2. We are preparing for the season ahead of us.”