Wednesday November 21 2012
Stramaccioni to unleash young Inter

Andrea Stramaccioni will field a youthful Inter side in their Europa League game against Rubin Kazan on Thursday.

With qualification to the knock-out stages already secured and problems with injuries, the Beneamata may have an unfamiliar look about them tomorrow night.

“This match against Rubin is an important moment for our youth academy, where I come from myself, because it's an opportunity to see if some of these youngsters might be ready if they're called upon,” the tactician noted.

“Although we don't have all the big names here with us, I'm sure that the youngsters and the others who play tomorrow will do well.

We've got 10 lads here under the age of 21, some of them will definitely play.

“If in the early stage of the Europa League we made changes through choice, now we're doing it out of necessity.”

Although the result doesn’t matter for the Italian giants, the former Primavera boss is hoping for a decent display.

“Since the draw was made we knew that we'd have three long away trips,” he added. “We've done two and tomorrow we're up against Rubin, who are top-class opposition, the best in the group along with us.

“We'll give it a go tomorrow, but once we get to the knockout phase it will definitely be more difficult to change so many players because the team as a unit will be important.”

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