Wednesday April 17 2013
Strama: 'Roma deserved it'

Andrea Stramaccioni insists he “can only compliment my players” after Inter crashed out of the Coppa Italia against Roma.

They had already lost the first leg 2-1 and capitulated 3-2 at San Siro in this evening’s semi-final despite taking the lead.

“I can only compliment my players, as we put everything we had on to the field,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

“I think the team had an excellent first half and we could’ve doubled our lead with Tommaso Rocchi. In the second half Roma improved, while we lost physical intensity.

“The regret is we conceded a goal on a counter-attack when our defence was set out. The Giallorossi did well to take advantage.”

Out of the Europa League and Coppa Italia while sliding down to seventh place in Serie A, Stramaccioni was asked what his future holds.

“I don’t want to talk about myself, as I want to discuss the players. It’s a bit of a difficult period, as we got Ricky Alvarez and Juan Jesus back for this game, then lost Esteban Cambiasso in the warm-up.

“I will say over the two legs that Roma deserved to reach the Final, so I compliment them and also compliment my players for giving their all. I thank the fans, who understood the situation and supported us to the end.”