Tuesday March 17 2015
'Inter hangs on Icardi, Palacio'

Former Inter owner Massimo Moratti says the 'fundamental' players to defeat Wolfsburg are Mauro Icardi and Rodrigo Palacio.

Il Biscione face an uphill battle this Thursday as they attempt to make it past the Europa League Last 16 against the German team, who lead 3-1 on aggregate.

On from his statements praising Inter's spirit and tradition, Moratti went into the specifics of how the team should be deployed.

“I'm happy that Icardi and Palacio are in form,” he said, in an interview with la Gazzetta dello Sport. “On Thursday the team must rely on the two of them.

“[Xheridan] Shaqiri is extremely strong, but I think the game should be prepared starting from the assumption that he won't be there,” said the 69-year-old, in reference to the thigh injury that rules the Swiss out of the game.

“But if he's available, all for the better. Either Hernanes or [Mateo] Kovacic can take his place, but the fundamental players are still Icardi and Palacio.

“Then there's [Fredy] Guarin, who is incredibly generous. The typical player who breaks things up.

“He may make a few mistakes at times, but he always gives you the sense that he could score, or let others score.”

At the same time, Moratti admitted that last Sunday's 1-1 draw against Cesena wasn't the best result to take into the game.

“If you only look at the first half, we're definitely not where we want to be. But in the second half the team knew how to respond.

“Still, we need greater certainties in defence, and less fear. Every game is a new life and we must never let ourselves be dominated by the fears of the past.”