Friday February 22 2013
Stramaccioni axing never pondered

Inter chief Massimo Moratti has insisted that he’s never considered replacing boss Andrea Stramaccioni.

The latter was promoted from the youth team set-up last March, but results have been disappointing in recent times.

The Beneamata, now without star striker Diego Milito for the rest of the season, have won just two of their last nine games in Serie A and four from the last 14.

“Stramaccioni has never been up for discussion,” the oil baron told Sky Sport Italia on Friday afternoon. “He’s always made a lot of sacrifices for the team and he keeps on improving.”

Stramaccioni’s tactical expertise will be put under the spotlight on Sunday when the Nerazzurri will take on city rivals Milan.

“We hope the pressure will get to Milan this weekend,” Moratti added. “I’ll just ask my players to give their all.

“They have to respect the shirt and continue chasing third place in Serie A which is our objective.”

Inter are fifth in Serie A, just a point shy of third-placed Milan and Lazio.

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