Saturday October 27 2012
Strama: 'Inter on the right track'

Andrea Stramaccioni feels Inter are “on the right track, but we haven’t achieved anything yet” ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Bologna.

The Nerazzurri were the only Italian side to win in Europe this week and have been flying high in Serie A since adopting their new three-man defence.

“I am only interested in seeing the team grow game by game,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“We won a difficult match against Partizan Belgrade when under pressure in the first half. For now we are on the right track, but we haven’t achieved anything yet and the grit I saw in training today is proof we want to do better.”

There were reports that Antonio Cassano could be rested in favour of a 3-4-1-2 system, but with Philippe Coutinho and Wesley Sneijder injured that leaves few options.

“So far we have done well with three attacking players and only shelved that approach against Chievo, so I don’t see why I should change. Antonio is doing better than anyone at the moment.

“It’s a shame about Coutinho’s injury, as he is a lovely boy and was really sad. He had been proving what a great prospect he is for the future of Inter. However, as with Sneijder, Inter cannot depend on two players and must do well without them.

“We have changed a great deal in a short space of time, so cannot be ready at the top level yet. What interests me is not seeing the same mistakes and in that sense we have grown a lot.”

This is a special game for Stramaccioni, who as a player was in the Bologna youth academy before a serious injury wrecked his career.

“I lived there from 14 to 18 and became a man. The Dall’Ara is the stadium I dreamed of playing in as a boy. I didn’t get there as a player, but now I am happy to step on to that turf as the Coach of Inter.

“Bologna have always done well on home turf and Stefano Pioli ensured they always take an attacking approach to every game. It will require concentration and I’m sure this is going to be an entertaining game.”

Inter squad for Bologna: Handanovic, Castellazzi, Belec; Zanetti, Silvestre, Ranocchia, Samuel, Pereira, Juan Jesus, Jonathan, Nagatomo; Alvarez, Guarin, Mudingayi, Cambiasso, Gargano; Palacio, Milito, Cassano, Livaja

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