Saturday September 15 2012
Strama ignores Inter criticism

Andrea Stramaccioni praised Antonio Cassano and warned Inter to “keep a clear head” amid criticism when they face Torino.

The Nerazzurri’s Scudetto hopes suffered a very early blow with the 3-1 home defeat to Roma, so the pressure is on ahead of the Sunday night trip to Turin. Click here for a match preview.

“I certainly think the pause for international duty has been important to get some players back to full fitness,” said the Coach.

“In my view, the strength of a Coach and a squad has to be in keeping a clear head to understand what is really working and what needs to be improved.

“If criticism is constructive, then fine, otherwise they can be ignored. This is only normal, as in Italy the result is absolutely crucial.”

There was also controversy this week around Cassano, who was dropped by Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli.

“Dealing with Cassano means understanding how much of a contribution he can give and how he can make the difference, which is of course why he came to Inter.

“Antonio worked hard over the break, but I could well decide not to start him tomorrow evening. Squad rotation is about optimising results, as the two are connected. We have built a team that has valid alternatives in every area, but we have to take it one game at a time.

“Alvaro Pereira could also be on the bench, as he had a very long journey on international duty.”

Ricky Alvarez, Rodrigo Palacio and goalkeeper Samir Handanovic have shaken off injuries, though Cristian Chivu, Dejan Stankovic, Gaby Mudingayi and Joel Obi are still out.

“Torino are in great shape, as including last season they’ve won eight on the trot on home turf. There is euphoria in the Granata camp, but I can only speak for what I expect of Inter.”

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