Thursday April 18 2013
Moratti: 'No Strama doubts'

President Massimo Moratti again assured journalists he has “no doubts” on Andrea Stramaccioni after Inter’s Coppa Italia exit to Roma.

The Nerazzurri lost the semi-final 3-2 last night at San Siro, having already lost the first leg 2-1 in Rome.

“I must say that I defend, in terms of what the players could’ve done in that situation, as they played a very good first half with the remaining figures,” said Moratti this evening.

“It is also a difficult situation psychologically to deal with an injury every minute, as that doesn’t help morale. They gave everything they could give.”

Asked whether he had any doubts on Coach Stramaccioni, the President was adamant.

“No. I repeat what I said the other day, which is that I cannot analyse the work of someone who had at his disposal only a third of the squad.

“You journalists write the names of alternative Coaches, but I have not contacted any other tactician. I read the names in the papers too, but that is all there is to it.”

Esteban Cambiasso picked up an injury in the warm-up last night, while today Fredy Guarin also suffered a lesion to his calf muscle, adding to the likes of Rodrigo Palacio, Antonio Cassano, Diego Milito and Cristian Chivu.

“Do we need to re-evaluate something in terms of fitness preparation? Yes... maybe, yes. I haven’t had time to analyse the situation fully, but the results quite evidently point towards problems in the fitness work and some bad luck.”

There was a protest before last night’s Coppa Italia semi-final, as the Curva held up a banner indicating since Jose Mourinho they felt ‘orphaned of anyone who feels they belong to the club.’ Another aimed insults at director general Marco Fassone.

“I spoke to Fassone, but about many other issues. It didn’t particularly bother me or him. Our objective for the rest of the season is to do well, nothing more.”

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