Wednesday September 28 2011
Moratti: 'Ranieri beyond expectations'

Massimo Moratti admits the start to Claudio Ranieri's Inter career has been “above and beyond expectations. He took the team in hand.”

The President answered questions from journalists outside the Saras offices in Milan after the new Coach picked up two consecutive victories against Bologna and CSKA Moscow.

“Ranieri started well, really above and beyond expectations,” smiled Moratti a week after firing Gian Piero Gasperini.

“He took the team in hand, both in psychological and tactical terms. It was not an easy thing to do. It's going very well and the first two results are very important for us.”

On Saturday evening Ranieri faces his biggest test so far against Scudetto rivals Napoli.

“Last night we all cheered on Napoli against Villarreal. They are a very likeable team back at the top of the sport with players who have immense grit that can really help to win.

“President Aurelio De Laurentiis is a very vivacious person, so I wish him the best. On Saturday we will cross paths and each will try to play his part.”

Moratti also commented on reports Ranieri has asked his former Roma director Gian Paolo Montali to join him at Inter.

“In all honesty, nobody has asked me about it. Montali is a very capable man, but I only read about this in the newspapers.”

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