Saturday April 20 2013
Strama: 'Inter will be great again'

Andrea Stramaccioni has thanked the fans for standing by them in a dismal campaign and insists Massimo Moratti “wants to make Inter great again.”

The Nerazzurri lost the Coppa Italia semi-final 3-2 to Roma on Wednesday and tomorrow lunchtime take on Parma in Serie A. Click here for a match preview.

“The fans proved again how much they love this club and this shirt. They understood that even in a negative season and an objectively difficult moment, they arrived to cheer us on from the first to the last minute on Wednesday,” said Stramaccioni in his Press conference.

“They understood the determination with which the players were looking for the equaliser, even though it would’ve been too late to qualify. We all noticed their support and wanted to underline that.

“I can tell that President Moratti wants to make Inter great again. Every time I talk to him, I can see that hunger. He is with us, supports us and is working with his collaborators to build something important for next season.”

Some have even suggested the Nerazzurri would do well to avoid qualifying for Europe, as they could focus on rebuilding the squad next season.

“My idea is that Inter should always be in Europe and we have to at least target the Europa League. We mustn’t repeat the errors of this year, when many Italian sides suffered having to play on Thursday. Perhaps we weren’t prepared to start the preliminary rounds from August 2.

“When you are the Coach of Inter, it’s only normal that you are judged and criticised. It is part of the game and we have not been consistent. For you journalists the future is June 30, while for me it is Inter-Parma.

“We must play the remaining six games to the death. You do your work and I’ll do mine. From the outside people try to find someone to blame, but the truth is the injuries have forced us to change tactics. When we had a full squad at our disposal, we were capable of beating everyone.

“We beat the teams currently in the top four and so far not even Juventus have managed that. Bad luck or not, we lost our entire front line and can’t really invent anything. We take our share of the blame, but up until Christmas Inter were in the top places.”

Stramaccioni was asked whether he ever felt alone during this difficult campaign.

“No, I never felt alone, because the President protects us all. If he defends me and the players, then that process is long and constant. The directors are always here at the training ground.

“The trouble is my image in the media, as if after beating Napoli I was the Special Two, then now I’m considered not even worthy of Serie A. Having said all that, on May 20 as the President said, you’ll know what the future holds for Inter.

“After 12 months I am still convinced that I can stay at Inter. I don’t like to complain and I’ll never wail, but this year absolutely everything happened to us. We laid important foundations for the future, including players we have secured who perhaps you don’t know about.

“In any case, right now I am focused only on Parma.”

Inter squad for Parma: 1 Handanovic, 27 Belec, 30 Carrizo; 6 Silvestre, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu, 28 Pasa, 31 Pereira, 40 Juan Jesus, 42 Jonathan, 62 Ferrara; 4 Zanetti, 7 Schelotto, 10 Kovacic, 11 Alvarez, 17 Kuzmanovic, 24 Benassi, 60 Belloni, 61 Garritano; 8 Rocchi, 45 Forte

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