Thursday December 6 2012
Stramaccioni hails teenage Inter

Andrea Stramaccioni praised his teenage Inter side, even though they were pegged back to a 2-2 draw by Neftci.

“We did really well tonight and I have to compliment these very young lads, as it’s a sign the club is working well towards the future,” said the former Primavera Coach who won the Next Gen Series with many of these players.

“Marko Livaja has always been in our plans and he has quality, but is also very young, so must continue to work with humility.”

The Nerazzurri were already qualified for the next round of the Europa League, so fielded a group of 18-year-olds along with a few senior players.

Antonio Cassano came on for the second half, making his comeback after a two-match Serie A ban.

“Antonio is in good shape and took part in every dangerous attacking move. It is important for us to have him back and now we look towards Sunday’s game with Napoli.”

Javier Zanetti was sent to the stands and Stramaccioni joked “we had to lock him in the training ground to stop him coming on to the pitch!”

Naturally, the Coach was also asked about Wesley Sneijder, who broke the club-imposed Twitter embargo by sending a message that he was not called for this game.

“He didn’t disappoint me and it is nothing serious. There was a misunderstanding that we cleared up. I had already told him he would not be called up, but out of respect for the other players he wasn’t supposed to reveal that yet.

“Let’s say it was a semi-mistake, but not that big a deal.”