Thursday October 4 2012
Strama: 'Important signals'

Andrea Stramaccioni saw “important signals” from his Inter side in Azerbaijan, but insists Milan are the favourites for Sunday’s derby.

Their 3-1 win over Neftci was already under lock and key by half-time despite resting numerous top players.

“We knew it would be a difficult game, but Inter played a great first half,” said the Coach.

“There were only three players who also started against Fiorentina, so maintaining a certain shape and character away from home means the whole group is growing together.

“There were five players who are under 20 years old and these are important signals, because it means we are building a new era.”

As Rubin Kazan beat Partizan Belgrade 2-0, they go joint top of Group H alongside Inter on four points.

“It was important to win and be top of the group. Now we can think about the derby,” smiled Stramaccioni.

Philippe Coutinho stood in for the injured Wesley Sneijder and scored in Baku today.

“Of course it is always better to have Sneijder than not, but Philippe has always shown himself to be ready when called on. I will have the opportunity to alternate them depending on form.

“The thing I like most about this team is the fact they always seem solid and yet dangerous. Are we favourites in the derby on Sunday? No, I think Milan are after their victory over Zenit in St Petersburg.”

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