Tuesday February 5 2013
Inter chief backs boss Stramaccioni

Inter President Massimo Moratti insists he still believes in boss Andrea Stramaccioni despite a crisis of results.

The Nerazzurri’s disappointing run of form continued on Sunday when they were beaten 3-1 by relegation threatened Siena.

That defeat raised some doubts over the future of Stramaccioni given that they have won just one of their last seven League games.

“I had a chat with Stramaccioni,” Moratti said after denying claims that he sent a vote of confidence text message to the tactician. “I certainly still have faith in him.

“We need to work hard, stay very alert and defend against attacks – especially those closer to us – in such a way that things start working again.

“Was I angry? I may be a bit angry on the inside, but it’s not that I went about throwing tantrums.”

Moratti was inevitably asked for an opinion on former Inter striker Mario Balotelli, who netted twice for Milan on his debut.

“I have to say that he got a bit of help,” Moratti smiled in reference to the controversial injury-time penalty award which infuriated Udinese.