Wednesday February 1 2012
Ranieri: 'A great advert for football'

Claudio Ranieri admits Inter’s defence needs some work, but their 4-4 with Palermo was “a great advert for football.”

Diego Milito scored four goals and Fabrizio Miccoli responded with a hat-trick in tonight’s thriller under the snow at San Siro.

“It was a very spectacular encounter and I want to thank all those who allowed the game to go ahead with their hard work. I think the match repaid them for their efforts,” said the Coach.

“It’s a shame to emerge from this with a draw, although it is the right result considering how many chances were created by both sides. It was a great advert for football.

“I think Milito must be one of the few players in the world who scored four goals and still failed to win a game.”

Wesley Sneijder started in the trequartista role, but after half an hour was moved wide left in a 4-4-2.

“I saw all three strikers fail to come back and help out in Lecce. I put Wesley wide left because Munoz was not pushing forward in attack. He played well and did some important things, but can still improve.

“Walter Samuel was not 100 per cent fit, so he needed a rest. Obviously we made a few mistakes in defence, but I don’t feel like accusing anyone.”

Ranieri had declared on Sunday night that Thiago Motta would not be sold, but he joined Paris Saint-Germain on Monday.

“I wanted to keep him, because I think no other player in our squad has his characteristics. I tried, but he was determined to leave and insisted his time here was done, so we made him happy.

“We’ve brought in players like Fredy Guarin and Angelo Palombo, so I doubt we’ve become weaker.”