Sunday October 28 2012
Strama explains Cassano move

Andrea Stramaccioni reveals why Antonio Cassano was dropped and hopes he’s proving Inter “didn’t do something crazy” by hiring him.

The Nerazzurri earned a 3-1 victory at Bologna, which allowed them to leap into second place awaiting Napoli’s game this evening.

“In my view we struggled at the start of each half, but apart from those period I really liked Inter today,” said the Coach.

“We were always solid and compact, allowing very little to Bologna and only being caught unprepared on the goal. I was also glad to see we continued to threaten after our third.”

Stramaccioni had said Cassano was going to start this game, but instead he was on the bench.

“I wasn’t trying to confuse anyone with mind games. The truth is he had a sore neck and I was the one to change my mind at the last minute. He remains the form striker.

“I thought a midfield with Gaby Mudingayi, Walter Gargano and Esteban Cambiasso was the best way to approach Bologna. I knew we had to keep Alessandro Diamanti quiet, so would do that by sending him into the areas against Javier Zanetti and Walter Gargano.”

Stramaccioni shocked many by switching Inter to a three-man defence, but has notched up a remarkable series of results.

“I am proud to have played my part, but if a team wins eight games away from home then it means the players are motivated and well set out.

“At least it shows the President didn’t do something crazy by hiring me.”

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