Sunday April 14 2013
Strama: 'Inter are cursed'

Andrea Stramaccioni feels this is “a cursed campaign” after Inter suffered more injuries, a dubious penalty and a 2-0 defeat against Cagliari.

“The first half was good considering the emergency situation we are in, as we created three scoring opportunities and Samir Handanovic was never tested,” said the Coach.

“The key was yet another injury in this cursed campaign, as we lost Walter Gargano. At that time I had pushed Esteban Cambiasso and Mateo Kovacic up to give us more attacking heft and Gargano was the glue. His absence made us lose something in terms of balance.

“Yuto Nagatomo then came off the bench and got injured again after three minutes, so we’ve lost another two players for Wednesday.”

Inter welcome Roma next week in the Coppa Italia semi-final, as the first leg ended 2-1 for the Giallorossi.

“It’s a huge emergency situation we are in, but ultimately Cagliari deserved to win. Having said that, once again the penalty was non-existent and affected a team that was already dealing with massive difficulties.

“There was a dubious incident on Tommaso Rocchi in the first half, which would’ve been a red card for stopping a clear scoring opportunity,” continued Stramaccioni.

“Our attitude remained positive, but the penalty affected us because it was yet another mistake. Despite all the penalisation, we had approached the game well.

“Today the referee was conned by Pinilla, whereas last week with Atalanta there was nothing there at all. It really is a cursed campaign, how can you give a penalty like that?”

Pinilla later confessed he had "dived" to win the spot-kick.