Saturday December 15 2012
Strama: 'Inter didn't deserve to lose'

Andrea Stramaccioni concedes Lazio were better in the first half, but felt “Inter deserved to take the lead” in their 1-0 defeat.

Miroslav Klose scored the only goal of the game after the Nerazzurri had already hit the upright twice.

“Lazio were the better team in the first half, as we were never able to threaten, even though we didn’t concede any real scoring opportunities either,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“After the break we put in a great performance. Inter deserved to take the lead, but incidents went against us and Klose is a champion. That’s football, we didn’t deserve to lose.

“We were missing something in the first half and a lot of that was down to the way Lazio played, but we showed that we were a great team.

“We were unlucky with incidents and a few decisions that went against us. We are not stronger than the incidents, that is all I’ll say.”

The Nerazzurri players were furious at the final whistle, as they thought Andrea Ranocchia was held back in the box by Michael Ciani.

“Incidents were unlucky,” repeated Stramaccioni. “Even in the counter-attack when it was three against one, the referee called a foul from Diego Milito on Giuseppe Biava...

“As I said, we are not yet stronger than the unlucky incidents. I am not just talking about refereeing errors, but also hitting the upright and wasting chances.”

Strama changed his system again at the Olimpico by adopting a 4-3-1-2 tactic with Fredy Guarin as trequartista.

“I chose four at the back to ensure our centre-backs wouldn’t be under too much pressure and stop the wide men going too deep. I’ve never seen Lazio in such difficulty as they were in the second half against us.

“I’m not saying Inter deserved to win as such, but we didn’t deserve to lose either.”