Tuesday October 30 2012
Moratti on Juve controversy

Inter President Massimo Moratti doesn’t believe there was anything sinister in Juventus’ controversial win at Catania on Sunday.

The Old Lady won the game 1-0 after benefitting from a number of refereeing mistakes at the Stadio Massimino.

But Moratti, speaking ahead of Saturday’s game between the two clubs, isn’t adding to the controversy.

“Although it seems dramatic at the moment it will all blow over in a few days' time,” the oil baron noted.

“The game certainly left an impression, it was an absurd situation.

“What matters most though is that things have happened due to error and not for other reasons. And since this was definitely a case of error, the season will balance itself out.”

Catania chief Antonino Pulvirenti was so outraged with the events of Sunday lunchtime that he’s asked for the game to be replayed.

“I'm not going to get into that,” Moratti noted. “Pulvirenti is understandably angry. I have no desire whatsoever to give my opinion on that matter.

“The game against Juventus? There's no controversy with us at the moment. We steer away from controversy with Juve.

“I hope we can go into it with the mind-set of two teams where one has already given ample demonstration of how good they are, and are current Scudetto holders, and the other is trying to emerge and show how good they can be.

“I hope it's a decent match on a sporting level.”

Inter have been one of the surprises of the championship given that they have won their last five League games which means they are only four points adrift of the Old Lady.

“We thought we’d start well, but take a bit longer to get the team clicking than we have done,” he continued.

“The credit goes in equal measure to the players and the Coach as they have been able to adapt to the changes.”

Moratti took a risk in March by appointing Primavera boss Andrea Stramaccioni and it seems to be paying off.

“The Coach is undoubtedly talented and the players who have won a lot are a big help for the younger ones.

“That mix of youngsters and champions creates the conditions both for Stramaccioni to trust them and for them to perform well. And I think we are doing very well.”