Tuesday March 5 2013
Stankovic: 'Cassano row positive'

Dejan Stankovic believes the Antonio Cassano locker room bust-up “was good for Inter” and praised Coach Andrea Stramaccioni.

Cassano was dropped from Sunday’s 3-2 win in Catania after a blazing row with his tactician was leaked to the papers.

“It’s only normal that there will be a few discussions, especially when the results aren’t coming and the tension is high,” said Stankovic.

“As Esteban Cambiasso said, let’s pretend Cassano was suspended and now he’s back. It happened, but it wasn’t so serious.

“In fact, I try to look on the positive side and I say this was good for Inter, as sometimes you need a little shake-up.”

Stankovic almost retired from the sport after nine months out with an Achilles tendon injury, but played the entire second half at Catania.

“Stramaccioni and I ran the risk and I thank him for it very much. I respect the Coach a great deal and we must all follow him.

“In my game against Chievo, I was focused only on not pushing the tendon too hard after so long on the sidelined, but in Catania I felt more part of the team.

“At the end of the day we achieved a very important victory. We are Inter, so must find the strength to go all the way in the three competitions.”

They travel to London for the first leg of their Europa League tie against Tottenham on Thursday.

“We will need to put in two great performances, but above all not leave them space for the counter-attack.”