Saturday November 3 2012
Strama: 'We beat Juve on the pitch'

Andrea Stramaccioni reveals his grand plan to defeat Juventus worked and slammed the Bianconeri’s “lack of respect” for Inter.

The Coach was in fiery mood after a 3-1 victory in Turin ended the 49-match unbeaten run.

“I tried to prepare the game in the best way possible and it’s also annoying to hear sarcasm from Juve before the match on Inter’s tactical approach. At the final whistle perhaps Marotta might think differently. I just want respect.

“They were sarcastic comments about how I was ‘tactically carefree’ – we prepare games in every detail during training.

“Inter forced Juventus into real problems, who had dominated Italian football for the last two years. We won regardless of incidents, which I promised I won’t talk about, so I think we deserve some respect.”

Stramaccioni said in his Press conference on Friday that he did not know which system he’d use and surprised everyone with a 3-4-3.

“It was not a coup de theatre, but rather the best way of stopping Juve dominating for the whole 90 minutes. I think Inter did that, as we remained dangerous with the trident and caused them constant problems, which gave no reference points to the Juve defenders.

“That’s the way I prepared and read the game. We could’ve lost of course, but that’s just the way I chose to approach it.

“I knew full well I’d play 3-4-3. I thought Juventus would have an advantage by knowing our tactics beforehand, so why should I make it easier for them? Our strength is that we are versatile and have a basic approach that can then be adjusted for each individual situation.”

“When I told the strikers I wanted to play this way, it perhaps surprised them too, but became an enormously motivating force and everyone stepped up. By lowering their right winger to control our trident, which is what we wanted, it created more space for us to cause them trouble down the left and fortunately we achieved it.”

Arturo Vidal scored after 18 seconds with a goal that should’ve been ruled offside, then Stephan Lichtsteiner got away with a second bookable offence.

“Inter conceded this goal when I had barely even got on to the bench and that turns the tide, but over time we grew and I have to say this is the first time I have seen Juve under such pressure on their own turf. Having said that, Juventus remain on top of the table and are still the Serie A leaders.

“The greatest day of my career? That was when President Massimo Moratti chose me to lead Inter. This result will send a signal, as we came here to the Juventus Stadium against a team unbeaten in 49 rounds and attacked them with a trident.

“At half-time I was certain we’d get the game back on track and even win it, because I saw the way it was going. The whole team had belief and was fired up during the break. Inter are growing and that is the important thing.”

Stramaccioni concluded on Sky Sport Italia by hitting Juventus on their motto about the two Scudetti stripped by Calciopoli: ‘30 on the pitch.’

“Juve keep talking about what happened on the pitch, on the pitch, on the pitch – well, Inter beat them on the pitch.”

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