Moratti backing for Inter boss
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti does not blame Andrea
Stramaccioni for the club’s current slump and has backed his young
head coach to turn things around.
The Nerazzurri dropped to seventh in the Serie A table following
Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Cagliari – the Milan club’s fourth loss in
five league outings – with the last Champions League place now nine
points away with six games remaining.
Two more key players joined a lengthy injury list on Monday,
with midfielder Walter Gargano and defender Yuto Nagatomo both
suffering leg injuries to leave Inter with a selection dilemma
ahead of Wednesday night’s Coppa Italia semi-final meeting with
But it is the serious personnel crisis – which has seen senior
strikers Rodrigo Palacio and Diego Milito ruled out of several
important fixtures – that convinces Moratti his 36-year-old coach
has been working at a clear disadvantage for most of the
He told the Gazzetta dello Sport: “I can’t do anything else but
support Stramaccioni, based on all the difficulties we’ve had to
deal with this season.
“We are going through a difficult and quite dramatic season. In
terms of the injuries, I hope we can come up with a solution, but
it will be difficult.
“But a little bit of invention and good luck could see us
Moratti has also invoked the anger of the Italian Football
Federation (FIGC) by suggesting match officials have regularly
acted “without good faith” towards Inter, with other figures at the
club publicly suggesting referees have favoured city rivals’ AC
Milan in their bid for a top-three finish.
The FIGC have summoned Moratti and his legal representatives to
a disciplinary commission to examine his comments.
Meanwhile, Inter veteran Javier Zanetti says the priority now is
to overcome Roma and reach the final of the Coppa Italia.
Zanetti told the club’s official website: “We want to play well
against Roma on Wednesday. There’s no point talking about the match
against Cagliari as we can’t do anything about it. Now, we need to
think about performing well on Wednesday.
“We’ll try to prepare in the best possibly way for the match
versus Roma and we hope to get a result that will see us into the
“At the end of the campaign, we’ll look back and review
everyone’s performance. Then we’ll begin to prepare for next season
as we always do.”