Saturday January 12 2013
Strama: 'Inter are back'

Andrea Stramaccioni feels Inter “are rediscovering our balance” after a 2-0 victory over Pescara and explained why Antonio Cassano was so angry.

The Nerazzurri had a completely revamped side with none of the first choice defenders available and 18-year-old Marco Benassi given his Serie A debut in midfield.

“It went well, because the most important thing we take from this game is that we are rediscovering our balance. That is what allowed us to string together a series of positive results earlier this season,” said the Coach.

“Pescara played a careful game, while we have improved in terms of performance compared to recent outings.

“We have been trying to work on the youth team since the start of the season. Someone might’ve turned their nose up at seeing Benassi in the starting XI, but he had a good match along with his teammates. We’re holding on tight to him.”

Cassano stormed off angrily after he was substituted, perhaps because he wasted opportunities to score his first goal since October.

“It is only normal that he was disappointed, as he did have chances. You can see from that reaction how much he cares about the Inter shirt, but I preferred to give Tommaso Rocchi his home debut. We also have to prepare for Tuesday’s Coppa Italia tie.

“There is nothing to clarify with Cassano. He simply wanted to stay on the field for longer,” shrugged Stramaccioni.

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