Tuesday September 13 2011
Gasperini defends his system

Inter boss Gian Piero Gasperini insists that it is far too simplistic to pin his side's problems on the 3-4-3 system.

The tactician's decision to field his team in that shape has been heavily criticised and used as a reason behind the club's 4-3 loss at Palermo on Sunday.

Inter chief Massimo Moratti has suggested that Gasperini will change things for the Trabzonspor game on Wednesday, but the tactician is refusing to reveal what formation he'll opt for.

"We'll see," the former Genoa man stated on Tuesday afternoon. "A lot will depend on the situation and on our opponents.

"There is a chance that we could play with four at the back, but it depends – it always depends on how the opposition plays. But I think it's reductive to talk about a three or four-man defence.

"It's simplistic to put everything down to a problem of formation. What we need is to find the right balance.

"We'll take the best things we've done and try to keep them. And we'll take the mistakes we have made, some of them big mistakes, and try not to repeat them.

"The worst thing against Palermo was exposing ourselves so much and creating an imbalance, allowing them to hit us on the break.

"But there are positives too, so let's not forget about those. Still, after a game like the one against the Rosanero, there are obviously a few things that need to be corrected.

"We were undone and unbalanced, as I said, but we can fix that, and we'll do so regardless of the formation, which does affect things but is not really such a determining factor.

"Everyone has to help the defence. And I've always said that with me at the helm Inter would have to be flexible in the way they play."

A victory against their Turkish opposition tomorrow would certainly give Gasperini some breathing space ahead of the Roma clash at the weekend.

"There's only one result we want on Wednesday and we want to get it with a good performance," he continued.

"Trabzonspor are a good side. We've witnessed that in the last few games they have played. And every game is difficult in the Champions League.

"We also have to consider that we're not going through an easy period. We don't take any game lightly or think that it's an easy one to win.

"Trabzonspor have quality and pace – they are a tough side. They're missing a few players, but they have quality replacements."

Inter began with a front three of Diego Milito, Mauro Zarate and Diego Forlan against Palermo – but the latter is Cup tied for Europe. Meanwhile, Giampaolo Pazzini wasn't used in Sicily.

"I generally prefer to play with a centre-forward and two in support. Milito and Pazzini are both excellent centre-forwards and that's one of Inter's strengths. It's certainly not a flaw.

"Remember that we'll be playing a game every three days. Both strikers are hitting the net regularly and Forlan has scored too. That is definitely a positive aspect."

Inter squad – 1 Julio Cesar, 12 Luca Castellazzi, 21 Paolo Orlandoni; 4 Javier Zanetti, 6 Lucio, 15 Andrea Ranocchia, 25 Walter Samuel, 37 Marco Davide Faraoni, 42 Jonathan Ciceiro Moreira, 44 Matteo Bianchetti, 55 Yuto Nagatomo; 5 Dejan Stankovic, 10 Wesley Sneijder, 11 Ricky Alvarez, 19 Esteban Cambiasso, 20 Joel Obi, 29 Philippe Coutinho; 7 Giampaolo Pazzini, 22 Diego Milito, 28 Mauro Zarate.

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