Wednesday November 7 2012
Strama: 'Inter emergency in Belgrade'

Andrea Stramaccioni wants to keep Inter’s momentum going away to Partizan Belgrade, though the team is in “an emergency situation.”

The Nerazzurri are still buzzing from Saturday night, when they ended the 49-match unbeaten Juventus record in Serie A, but tomorrow return to Europa League action.

“That victory fired us up, but it is still early days and we have to continue working hard,” said Strama in his Press conference.

He also commented on his row with Juve director Beppe Marotta over the phrase ‘tactically carefree.’ “There was a misunderstanding between two intelligent people.”

The win helped to calm some of the controversy over refereeing errors, but the Italian media continued to ask Stramaccioni about these issues.

“Inter have faith in referees, although it is normal to comment on certain incidents in the heat of the moment. In any case, we have to remain concentrated on Partizan, who are improving a great deal and will do everything to cause us problems.

“I have faith in the squad, as they are capable of putting the right character and approach on to the field. This is the first time we can really talk about an emergency situation, so I have to change some things.”

Long-term absentees Wesley Sneijder, Dejan Stankovic, Cristian Chivu and Philippe Coutinho have been joined by Andrea Ranocchia and Walter Samuel, leaving few options in defence and midfield.

It is likely Esteban Cambiasso will again be used as a centre-back, an experiment that was adopted several times in the Europa League this season.

Inter are practically qualified from Group H, as they are joint top with Rubin Kazan on seven points compared to Neftci and Partizan Belgrade on one.

The Nerazzurri grabbed a narrow 1-0 victory over Partizan at San Siro with Rodrigo Palacio in the final moments.

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